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Study claims student debt cost housing industry $83B in 2014

Strict lending practices, cost of materials and labor shortages have caused constant headaches for building professionals, but one of the greatest burdens hampering the housing recovery is a bit more academic. According to a new study from John Burns Consulting, student debt among 20-to-40-year-olds will cost the housing industry $83 billion this year. We repeat — $83 billion in 2014. We...
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Landscaping offers instant ROI

When new-home construction budgets are tight and sacrifices must be made, landscaping all too often gets neglected. That might be a mistake according to a new study from Virginia Tech. Landscaping offers much more than curb appeal — it can significantly improve a home’s value. Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found excellent home land...
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Lessons every building professional should learn

Any building professional who claims to know everything there is to know is simply lying. Truth is, this is a crazy, ever-evolving industry, and if one’s eyes and ears aren’t open to the many lessons to be learned on the job, the game may pass them by. While no one knows everything, everyone knows something. Professional Builder recently polled its readers on the most importa...
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Condominium market inches toward recovery

The recession was particularly brutal to condominiums, but new data suggests the sector may be catching up with the rest of the housing industry on the long, winding path to recovery. According to data from CoreLogic, in June 2013, 22 of the 25 top condo markets in the U.S. reported rises in sales compared to prior years. In June 2014, 14 of those same markets were still showing increase...
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Red Diamond Achiever Award profile: Lake Arrowhead Residence by Bryan Jones of Jones Pierce Architecture

      Bryan Jones of Jones Pierce Architecture (Atlanta, Ga.) was named a winner in the 2014 Red Diamond Achiever Award program for Lake Arrowhead Residence, a gorgeous modern home set among Georgia’s charming natural beauty. Integrity windows were used throughout the project to let in the neighboring views while dark exterior colors were used to make the home blend ...
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