Archive for April, 2009

Staffing Up for the (Eventual) Rebound

Posted by pcbasentry on April 29, 2009

…sometime over the next 18 months, builders and developers will again be staffing up to fill various positions,
and yet on social networking sites such as LinkedIn, I see people with 15 to 20 years of doing the exact same thing with different companies.  For the complete story go here…


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Some new home builders starting up as market is down

Posted by pcbasentry on April 28, 2009

One of the interesting parts of a down cycle in the housing industry is when the former executives of larger public home builders decide to leverage their contacts and experience and start up their own companies. I think this provides several benefits to potential home buyers, including a greater variety of designs and floor plans, seasoned executives overseeing the process and more competition in the marketplace.   Continue reading here…

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What’s In It for You – 8 Reasons to Join PCBA

Posted by pcbasentry on April 7, 2009

PCBA is involved in every aspect of the building industry. Our members are concerned about improving the community in which they do business and are willing to do something about it. What in return will PCBA do for you?

  1. Supporting Your Industry: Our strength lies in the number and diversity of our membership. The more members our association has, the better we can represent the building community. We accomplish collectively what no one business can do alone. By becoming a valuable member of PCBA you are sharing your time, ideas and suggestions, and in turn supporting your own company and industry.
  2. Government Representation: PCBA speaks for the building industry with government affairs programs and lobbyists on the national, state and local levels who fight hard every dayto protect the building industry. The association has an active Political Action Committee (PAC) that endorses candidates who support the industry.
  3. Industry Networking: PCBA activities provide important opportunities for networking with other industry professionals. The monthly membership meetings, golf and fishing tournaments, and other events provide members with the opportunity to develop new friendships and to network with colleagues.
  4. Insurance: PCBA members can save on builders risk, business, auto, tools, general liability, property, model homes and workers’ compensation.
  5. Marketing Opportunities: Numerous opportunities to market services and products to the public and the industry, including publication and website advertising, sponsorship of meetings and events, and the Parade of Homes.
  6. Communications & Public Relations: Members are provided with industry information updates through the monthly publication ‘Blueprints’, and on our website .  Through a continuing public relations program, PCBA works year-round to promote members as good citizens, community leaders and trustworthy business persons.
  7. Parade of Homes: Twice a year, spring and Fall,  PCBA sponsors a Parade of Homes. The Parade is an opportunity for builders, subcontractors and remodelers to showcase their work and designs. the Participation in the Parade provides exposure and advertising to the buying public.
  8. Awards & Recognition: Achievement and recognition awards include Parade of Homes and Local Builder and Associate of the year. Elite Spike Club members receive special recognition on the local, state and national level as membership recruiters.

To learn more about these and other benefits of membership, and to sign up as a member, visit our on-line application.

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5 Ways to Build Affordable, Energy Star-Rated Houses

Posted by pcbasentry on April 7, 2009

It’s hard to ignore the juggernaut that the energy-efficient green construction has become in the home building industry, but it’s also difficult not to seem traumatized by the added cost that’s often associated with it. “The green thing gets a lot of press … but there aren’t a lot of folks that are fully equipped to build efficiently,” observes Jeremy Graves, a builder in South Carolina that is determined to do just that. Read more at EcoHomeMagazine

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Make Over Mondays

Posted by pcbasentry on April 6, 2009

Know the feeling? A month ends, and you check it off. It’s another month you don’t have to stare down from the front end. We don’t imagine there’s a home builder out there who doesn’t relish the thought of seeing the tail lights of 2009.

Read more at HousingCrisis.com

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