March Newsletter

24, Mar 2017

This one is about stuff
  • Waste Not, Want Not

    Establish an Effective Material Control ProcessBy Charles C. Shinn Jr., PhDFounder, Builder PartnershipsDirect construction costs are the largest cost classification for builders, typically representing between 50 and 65 percent of the sales price. Direct costs are referred to as variable costs; in other words, you do not incur the cost unless you build a home, therefore it has a multiplier effect. If you can reduce your direct construction (mate...

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  • Builders Honored at Executive Summit, Buddy Coleman of Rausch Coleman Homes Earns Lifetime Achievement Award, and much more

    By Tom Daley Congratulations to Atlantic Builders of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which was honored at the Executive Summit with the Builder of Choice Award! Builders are scored on feedback surveys distributed to their trade contractors. The survey asks trade contractors to evaluate builders on the following categories: organization, trade relations, management team, project field managers, project/job site management, office support, trust, commu...

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  • Purchasing, Estimating and Job Costing - September 20 - 22, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois

    Purchasing, Estimating and Job Costing is a comprehensive seminar designed to improve profitability through a more accurate and effective estimating and purchasing department. Good estimating and purchasing is critical to obtaining superior profitability, and can increase your bottom line by as much as 5%. Our goal is to provide a wide range of tools that attendees can use to realize results immediately upon return to their companies.This seminar...

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  • Purchasing, Estimating and Job Costing - September 20 - 22, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois

    Purchasing, Estimating and Job Costing is a comprehensive seminar designed to improve profitability through a more accurate and effective estimating and purchasing department. Good estimating and purchasing is critical to obtaining superior profitability, and can increase your bottom line by as much as 5%. Our goal is to provide a wide range of tools that attendees can use to realize results immediately upon return to their companies.This seminar...

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  • Production Management - Denver, CO - May 3 - 5, 2017

    Improve the quality of your homes while cutting costs, increasing efficiency and adding value to the bottom line. The Production Management seminar is an intensive seminar loaded with valuable insights on management techniques specific to production management for home building companies.The Production Management seminar introduces effective ways to organize and operate a construction management department. Topics covered include how to:Set reali...

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  • Don’t Fear Negative Customer Feedback

    By GuildQuality Nearly everyone has heard the saying, “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” When it comes to online reviews and customer feedback, many businesses are so afraid of getting a negative response, they shy away from directly asking a customer about their experience. Or, even worse, they don’t provide an avenue for their customers to give feedback at all, nor do they have a proper ...

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  • Simple AC Maintenance Tips

    You can help your homeowners stay cool and save money By Goodman Air Conditioning and HeatingU.S. homeowners spend about $29 billion a year on energy costs associated with central air conditioning, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s a lot of money to keep cool! When AC systems aren’t running at peak performance, the cost can go up even higher. But with regular maintenance, homeowners can potentially reduce costly cooli...

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  • Congratulations to the 2017 Guildmaster Award Winners!

    Every year, GuildQuality honors its members that consistently deliver exceptional customer experiences with the Guildmaster Award. To be recognized, a member must achieve a recommendation rate of at least 90 percent, as well as a certain customer survey response rate based on volume. (Read the full list of qualifications.) A 90 percent recommendation rate is no easy feat; in the real estate industry, the average customer recommendation rate is ap...

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  • Eastbrook Homes: 50 Years of Excellence 

    Michigan builder honored with prestigious Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence Eastbrook Homes of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes builders who have excelled in implementing strong management systems and generating superior financial results. For 40 years, Lee Evans was dedicated to helping home builders establish management a...

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  • 2017 Executive Summit Recap: A Peek at the Future

    2017 Executive Summit keynote speakers share insights into millennial and baby boomer home buyersBaby boomers shaped a half century of home building and still represent the buyer demographic with the most discretionary income. Millennials are a force to be reckoned with, if for no other reason than sheer numbers. At 76.7 million, they account for 24 percent of the nation's population.But millennials also are reshaping the established pattern of l...

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