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For most, the home is a permanent work in progress

  Perhaps this should come as no surprise, but according to the Houzz Decorating Trends Survey of more than 1,700 Houzz users, when it comes to home decor, homeowners are nothing if not fickle. The survey found 66 percent of homeowners have recently decorated the same room they are currently tackling. What’s the fun in complacency, right? It’s more fun to think of one...
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Boomerang buyers return to home ownership

They’re baaaaaaack. So-called “boomerang buyers” — those who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2013 — will be responsible for about 10 percent of all U.S. home purchases in 2014, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC).  The percentage of boomerang buyers is only expected to increase in 2015 and 2016. This a very encouraging tr...
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VIDEO: How better building can lead to a better quality of life

Over the past year, BUILDER Magazine has ramped up video production on its website. (We strongly recommend bookmarking their video section and checking in frequently!) Recently, BUILDER and Custom Home senior editor Shelley Hutchins spoke with Chase Rynd of the National Building Museum about challenges that face the housing industry over the next decade. Rynd discusses the importance of ...
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Red Diamond Achiever Award winner: Luke Perisich of Blue Sky Building Company

Now that the winners of the 2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award program have been announced, from time to time over the next few months, we’ll feature winning projects here on the Builder Blog. First project up: The Beach House (Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.) from Luke Perisich at Blue Sky Building Company. According to Perisich’s project entry, The Beach House is located on b...
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Builders report availability of key supplies improving

Over the past few years, many economists within the industry have blamed supply and labor shortages along with strict lending regulations for slowing a more robust housing recovery. However, it appears one of those factors — supply shortages — is a little closer to being resolved. According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, only 15% of builders reported some or s...
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