Bonded Builders SMD A Texas Chili Champion

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Bonded Builders Sales and Marketing Director Linda Strickel and her husband Charlie beat 23 other teams in the Greater San Antonio HBA’s Chili Cookoff Jan. 28. Their pirate-themed booth also earned the showmanship award. Their recipe was the unanimous choice of the seven judges. If we can pry away from her, we’ll include it in a future issue of BBN. Linda serves Texas builders from Temple to Laredo.

To learn more about Linda and see her contact information, visit ...

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Regent Aims to Deliver Value in Charlotte, N.C.

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Bigger is better at Regent Homes, a builder in four counties surrounding Charlotte, N.C. Bigger bedrooms, bigger closets, and bigger kitchens and family rooms mean a bigger value for home buyers.

Providing value is at the heart of Regent’s marketing strategy. The builder aims to provide the most home for lowest cost per square foot, while still maintaining standard features and upgrades where it counts: higher-quality carpet, pull-down attic stairs, overhead lighting, elongated toilets and pre-wiring for cable, phones ...

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Raleigh-Durham Sees 12-Percent Increase for 2010

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The Triangle new home industry started 12 percent more homes in 2010 than in 2009, the first year over year increase since 2005, according to Metrostudy’s 4Q10 Residential Survey.

“Continued positive job growth, fundamental national, state and local economic improvement and sustainable inventory levels point to sustainable growth in the coming year without the help of tax credits,” says Ed Dunnavant, Senior Consultant Metrostudy Triangle Region.

While 2010 total new home starts of 5,841 were lower than the 16,426 recorded in 2005, ...

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HBA St. Louis: Green and Healthy

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The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri has been one of the nation’s leaders in terms of educating its members and homebuyers on the benefits of Building Green and having a healthy home environment.

The HBA has an annual “Tour of Green Homes” and a section of its website dedicated to a “Healthy House.”

The HBA’s Green Building Council provides quarterly seminars, and has an active green building verification program called GBI-St. Louis.

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Earn Your Designation

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A NAHB Designation says a lot about you. Professional designations offer excellent opportunities to improve your skills, advance your career, and be recognized for your commitment to professional growth. NAHB has the most targeted curriculum, accomplished teachers and widely respected education opportunities in the business. Start getting a designation now so you’ll be ahead of the competition in the future.

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Builders Call on Congress to Address Housing Lending Crisis

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With the housing production credit crisis taking a severe toll on the nation’s small home building firms and threatening future job growth and the fragile economic recovery, the NAHB has called on Congress to take tangible steps to improve access to credit for small builders.

“With the spigot for housing production loans cut off and the threat that the uncertainty from new rule-making under the Dodd-Frank financial services law will further impact the ability of small community lenders to service the ...

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Bankers Insurance Group

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For homeowners, business owners, individuals and families, Bankers Insurance Group is a reliable and responsive partner protecting property and peace of mind. We are a unique resource, designed to help our customers become better at insuring — and ultimately protecting — themselves.

The best thing to do in order to ensure you have purchased the right insurance is to first determine your risks. Bankers Insurance Group has developed a special section on its website, Insurance 101, which ...

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Census New Home Sales Estimates Much Lower Than Reality

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Housing analyst Ivy Zelman, much renowned during her time at Credit Suisse for calling the crash of the subprime mortgage and charting adjustable rate mortgage resets, tells CNBC that the widely reported Census Department’s data on sales of new construction is way off.

In January, Zelman’s survey suggested that gross new home orders increased 11 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis, yet the Census data reported a 13 percent decline. While Zelman was estimating a new home sale pace of 395,000, the ...

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