Taylor Morrison Delivers Interactive Homes

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The nation’s largest private homebuilder, Taylor Morrison, is delivering the simplicity and elegance of connected home automation to homebuyers, allowing them to control their Taylor Morrison home at a touch of button from any smartphone or tablet computer without adding to the cost of their new purchase.

The new Interactive Home™ system from Taylor Morrison currently comes as standard feature in the Houston market and includes a front ...

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Banks are Hiring Builders to Finish Their REO’s

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More builders are being hired by banks and lenders to complete their real estate owned (REO) properties and get them ready to sell. This new market is a welcome source of business for builders who have managed to stay afloat over the last several years, but are struggling to find business.

Most banks are unaware of the need to provide a third-party express limited warranty to their buyers on foreclosed homes. By living in the implied warranty world, they ...

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Rocklyn Homes Targets First-Time Buyers

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First-time homebuyers constitute a builder’s hottest market. They don’t have a home to sell, they are not upside down on their mortgage, and they know this is a great time to buy.

Delivering homes to this market at attractive prices with attractive features is the mission of Atlanta’s Rocklyn Homes.

Building in three communities in Gwinnett, Forsyth and Barrow counties in the northeast corner of the Atlanta metro area, Rocklyn Homes offers ...

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Arizona Builders Say ‘Buy New, Buy Now’

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Smart builders know that their competition right now is not so much the builder down the street. It’s foreclosures and short sales.

Homes sitting empty (and more importantly what potential buyers think about vacant homes) put downward pressure on prices and decrease sales.

The HBA Central Arizona means to change all that with a regional advertising campaign sponsored by Bonded Builders Warranty Group, Arizona Power Service, The Rider Elite Team of realtors and Southwest Gas. The campaign is also supported ...

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John Lashley: Bonded Builders Sales and Marketing Director in the Carolinas

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Where do you live? Lake Norman in Greater Charlotte, N.C.

Tell us about your family? I have been married nearly 11 years. We have two daughters.

What is Your Territory? Greater Charlotte, N.C.; Greater Greensboro/Triad; Everywhere West of I-95 in SC, including greater Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg.

How long have you been with Bonded Builders? Nearly 7 years.

What did you do before? I co-owned a Commission Factoring business servicing Real Estate Brokerages throughout the U.S. I ...

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Building Industry Calendar for April 2011

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April 19
Passover

April 24
Easter

April 27
Construction Forecast Conference Webinar

May 1-3
National Green Building Conference & Expo
Pre-conference courses April 27-30
Salt Lake City

June 22-24
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
San Francisco

July 21-23
Southeastern Builders Conference
Orlando

Aug. 17-20
Executive Officers Council Seminar
Naples, Fla.

Sept. 14-16
21st Century Show
Charlotte

Oct. 23-25
Building Systems Council Showcase
Baltimore

November 9-11
Summit on Association Excellence
Dallas

Feb. 8-11, ...

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U.S. Homebuilder Confidence Rises in March to Highest Level in 10 Months

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Confidence among U.S. homebuilders increased in March to the highest level since May 2010 as more firms anticipated stronger sales in the next six months, a sign the housing market is stabilizing.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment index rose to 17 this month from 16, data from the Washington-based group showed today. Measures of traffic of prospective buyers and current purchases were unchanged from January. Readings below 50 mean more respondents said conditions were poor.

“Prevailing indicators portend some ...

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Remodelers Expect Market Gains During 2011

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The latest NAHB Remodeling Market Index edged up to 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 40.8 in the third quarter. An RMI below 50 indicates that more remodelers say market activity is lower compared to the prior quarter than report it is higher. The RMI has been running below 50 since the final quarter of 2005.

The overall RMI combines ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future activity like calls for bids. In the fourth quarter, ...

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Home Remodeling is Picking Up Again as Consumers Spend More

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With the economy starting to recover, consumers feel better about spending again — and that spare cash is going back into their homes.

Home remodeling is on an upswing, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Scores of foreclosed properties need a ton of TLC, prompting buyers to renovate those tired or tattered spaces. Many other homeowners want to improve because they don’t plan to move — either by choice or by circumstance.

Some love their homes but say they’d be more comfortable living ...

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Builders Urge House to Support the Mortgage Interest Deduction

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NAHB urges members of the House of Representatives to show their support for homeownership and the mortgage interest deduction by co-sponsoring H. Res. 25. The resolution is sitting in the Ways and Means Committee.

“This resolution acknowledges the importance of homeownership to individual households, the economy and the nation,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nev. The resolution also states that the mortgage interest deduction “may well be the most important component of housing-related tax policy in ...

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