Q1 Economic Update

28, Apr 2017

In the April newsletter, Builder Partnerships Research Analyst Tom Daly shares details on the first quarter's housing starts and prices and Monthly Briefing Editor Pat Curry covers the results of the 2017 Home Builder Online Follow-Up Survey. Plus, you'll read about Builder of Choice Wynn Homes, get design tips from Lita Dirks for showcasing open floor plans, learn more about the flexibility of moulding from Fypon, and hear about the new products and website from Environmental StoneWorks. 
  • Get to Know Moulding

    Flexible Fypon products can enhance any home By Mary Nester, Fypon Product and Marketing ManagerMoulding comes in several shapes and sizes including basic baseboard trim, elegant crown moulding and unique dentil moulding. On the exterior of a home or building, it adds curb appeal and catches the eye of home buyers. On the interior, it can create a sophisticated and beautiful aesthetic. Several styles of moulding are available to easily match the...

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  • Q1 Economic Update: Housing Posts a Strong First Quarter

    Starts should normalize this yearBy Tom Daly, Builder Partnerships Research AnalystThe housing market got off to strong start in the first quarter of 2017. New home sales increased 6.1 percent from January to February, at an annual rate of 592,000. Compared to last year, new home sales are up 12.8 percent. It’s partly the result of the gradual upward trend in sales; 2016 was up 12 percent over 2015 sales as well. Inventories are still quite...

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  • Mastering the Open Floor Plan

    7 design tips for creating spaces buyers will loveBy Lita DirksOwner, Lita Dirks & Co. Today’s home buyers don’t just desire an open floor plan; they demand it! But creating the ultimate open floor plan isn’t only about taking a sledge hammer to walls (hello, HGTV!). it’s about thoughtful and creative design from the ground up. Here are a few easy ways to develop open floor plans that have pizazz. Definitely Define Spa...

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  • Managing for Profit - November 1 - 3, 2017

    Managing for Profit is an intensive seminar designed to put you on track to improved profitability. Loaded with valuable insight on management techniques specific to home building companies, this seminar will provide tools you can use to realize improved results across the entire organization. Systems, procedures and forms will be demonstrated so you can begin using concepts learned immediately upon return to your company.The Managing for Profit ...

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  • Built to Thrive

    Raleigh's Wynn Homes prepares to build 250 houses a yearBy Pat CurryMonthly Briefing Editor Bill Wynn and Jason Sherman might seem like the most unlikely people to build houses. Wynn graduated college with a journalism degree; Sherman majored in poultry. Wynn started building houses his first year out of college in 1998 after a chance meeting with a family friend who was a retired builder. “Nobody had any experience in home building,&rdquo...

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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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  • New Products and a New Way to Choose Stone

    Environmental StoneWorks expansion benefits buildersBy Kim Drew, Environmental StoneWorks Marketing RepresentativeReaching new heights of design customization, Environmental StoneWorks, the only national manufacturer and installer of stone veneer, introduced two upscale, elegant products at IBS 2017: Accento Stone Bands and the Bugnato Panel. “Accento and Bugnato were developed with one thought in mind: to provide architects and designers a...

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  • How Did Your Company Measure Up in 2016?

    Participate in Annual Financial and Operations StudyYou still have time to take part in Emma Shinn's annual Financial and Operations Study! The deadline for participation has been extended until May 5.Now in its 24th year, Emma Shinn's in-depth home builder study benchmarks individual companies' financial and operational performance against other participants and over time.Year after year, builders have commented on the value of this detailed rep...

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  • Managing for Profit (Enhanced Reception) - November 2 in Chicago, IL at 5:30 PM CST

    Build Stronger Relationships and Focus On Results.Builder Partnerships is the premier organization for home builders management education dating back to 1954 under the leadership of Lee Evans, and during the last 20 plus years under the direction of Charles (Chuck) C. Shinn, Jr., PhD. Each of our training sessions draws between 25 - 40 attendees from leading mid-tier building companies. The intimate size of our events allows for personal, focuse...

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  • The Superintendent's Job - Front Line Manager - October 5 - 7, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

    The Superintendent’s Job – Front Line Manager is designed as an interactive experience to help your team improve job site management techniques. It will provide the necessary tools to increase overall profitability and customer satisfaction through a strong focus on building the house right the first time: on quality, on budget, and on time.The Superintendent’s Job – Front Line Manager is focused on providing the tools nee...

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  • Study: Majority of Online Prospects Ignored

    New report calls percentage of builders who don’t follow up “truly shocking” By Pat CurryMonthly Briefing EditorEvery home builder knows that today’s buyers start their search for a home online. That’s why they have websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds, and pay for digital advertising and listings on syndication sites such as Zillow and NewHomeSource.com. Online shoppers are so important that many builders hav...

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  • Purchasing, Estimating and Job Costing (Enhanced Reception) - Chicago, IL on Sept 21 @ 5:30 PM CST

    Build Stronger Relationships and Focus On Results.Building company Purchasing Managers will be in Chicago attending a 2.5 day training session of their own. On the evening of September 21st, we invite our manufacturer associates and their regional representatives to come network and share information on their products with these attendees.During Builder Partnerships' Enhanced Receptions, held on the second night of the seminar, our team is focus...

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