Village Homes Relies on the Web

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Delivering quality and value in an ever-changing market is the new challenge of being a builder. Village Homes, a Colorado owned and operated homebuilding company, combines traditional Realtor outreach with a first-class web presence to reach today’s buyers — even those relocating from out of state.

“We used 2010 to establish ourselves,” says Scott Sinelli, Vice President of Home Building Operations for Village Homes. “We redrew all of our plans, we had to understand the new market, build models, ...

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Virginia’s Tidewater Builders Association

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Builders and the organizations that support them such as homebuilders associations, subcontractors, bankers and insurers need to adopt a new outlook and a new business model, says Channing A. Pfeiffer, Chief Executive Officer of the Tidewater Builders Association. There’s a “new normal” in our industry, and we need to adapt, he says.

Bonded Builders Warranty Group values local HBAs. That’s why each month, we highlight one local or state association. Our goal is for Bonded Builders News to be ...

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Bonded Builders Warranty: a Risk Management Tool

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By John Hubbard
Director of Business Development
Bonded Builders Warranty Group

The Bonded Builders Warranty is one of the most effective risk management tools in existence. Combined with the correct CGL policy and good subcontractor agreements, the Bonded Builders Warranty provides builders with effective transfer of risk management options and homebuyers with peace of mind.

Risk

Risk is inherent in the homebuilding industry. In most states, residential construction is held to a higher standard than almost any other manufactured product. Not only are ...

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Remodeling is Back!

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NAHB’s quarterly remodeling index, rose to the highest level since 2006 for the January to March quarter.

A lot of evidence indicates the growth will be sustained.

During the Housing Bubble, there was a lot of remodeling at the top because many people were buying homes, and they naturally want to put their personal touches on those homes.

We also saw a lot of remodeling during the housing boom because so many borrowers took all that bloated equity out of their homes to ...

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Building Industry Calendar for May 2011

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May 8
Mother’s Day

May 30
Memorial Day

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

Oct. 20-22
Sunbelt Builders Show
Austin, Texas

November 9-11
Summit on Association Excellence
Dallas

Feb. 8-11, 2012
International Builders Show
Orlando

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Sean Vitelli: Bonded Builders Sales and Marketing Director

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Where do you live? Houston

Tell us about your family? I am married. We have a two-year-old boy, and I’m a proud owner of a European Golden Retriever.

What is Your Territory? Houston, Corpus Christi, Rio Grande Valley, and College Station.

How long have you been with Bonded Builders? 8 years

What did you do before? I specialized in foundation reinforcement. I managed a concrete plant and provided builders reinforcement material.

What are your Hobbies/Interests outside of work? I like to go fast. My wife ...

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Bye-Bye Big Kitchens

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It’s not just the size of the new American home that’s shrinking — down to 2,377 square feet last year from 2,438 square feet the year before. According to NAHB, the stuff that goes in it is shrinking, too.

It makes sense that a smaller home with a smaller kitchen is going to need smaller appliances.

“If you go down to a 18-inch range instead of one 24 inches, to a 33-inch refrigerator from a 36-inch one, and to an 18-inch dishwasher ...

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10 Tantalizing Indoor Swimming Pools

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What is one of real estate’s rare luxuries? How about your own golf course? Or maybe your own helipad? Or, better yet, your own indoor swimming pool. Ah, now we’re talking. Even the rich and famous would admit that having an indoor pool is one of life’s luxurious amenities. Here are 10 homes listed on Zillow.com that feature fabulous indoor swimming pools. Some have celebrity lineage, some are quite ornate, while others are simply well-appointed spaces to swim ...

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Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink

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The following review was originally published by the Florida Homebuilders Association website. {http://www.fhba.com/index.cfm?referer=content.contentItem&id=1537}

By Ann Hagen

Blink is about how we make choices, and the decisions we make without consciously thinking about them. Malcolm Gladwell wants to convince us that the decisions we make very quickly can be as good as the decisions we make cautiously and deliberately. He talks about the very smallest components of our everyday lives that play a major role in this. We need ...

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