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Positive Stories Continue – Are They True?

Posted by pcbasentry on August 6, 2009

If all the stories and reports are to be believed,  our industry is beginning to recover from what is said to be the worst depression since the Great Depression of 1929-1933.  Every day new surveys and polls are released claiming that the worst is over.

Les Christie, CNNMoney.com staff writer  joins the optimists with this story.

Another sign of a housing thaw

June pending homes sales increased for the fifth straight month, adding to the list of positive reports recently released.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — More Americans signed sales contracts to buy homes in June than in May, the fifth consecutive month of increases, according to a report released Tuesday.

The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index rose 3.6% during the month. That was 6.7% higher than June 2008. It was the fifth straight month of increases, the first time that has happened since July 2003…

Read the complete story at CNNMoney.com and then post here and tell me  whether you’re seeing signs of recovery yet.

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Polk County’s greenest home

Posted by pcbasentry on August 5, 2009

MyFox TampaBay recently did a great story on the PCBA Foundation’s “Go Green Home” being built by Mike Hickman.

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Small Bits of Good News

Posted by pcbasentry on August 4, 2009

There’s been a number of articles recently containing small bits of good news about our industry. I’ve given a sampling of them here.  Click on the links to read the full articles.

From NAHB

Builder Confidence Rises Two Points In July

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July 16, 2009 – Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes notched up two points in July to its highest level since September 2008, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. The HMI rose two points to 17 in July as builders saw an improvement in current sales conditions but continued to express concerns about the future.

From Builder Online

Single-Family Construction Spending Grows For First Time in 40 Months

For the first time in more than three years, spending for single-family construction grew in June on a monthly basis, increasing 2.4% compared to May. This translates into a seasonally adjusted level of $93.5 billion, which is 51.1% below June 2008’s level, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

From HousingZone.com

Construction Spending Increases in June

Turn up in single-family construction, more remodeling construction contribute to uptick

Jim Haughey, Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data
August 3, 2009
HousingZone

Construction spending increased 0.3 percent in June 2009 from May 2009, based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Reed Construction Data explains the unexpected gain as driven by the long-awaited turn up in single-family construction; stronger residential remodeling construction; and small increases for healthcare, education, transportation, highway, manufacturing, amusement/recreation and water facilities. Construction declined for multi-family housing, “for-lease” commercial properties and power generation and transmission. Nonetheless, small monthly declines are still expected for the rest of the year, with nonresidential work falling faster than residential work improves.

and finally, From the Palm Beach Post

Luxury home sales on the rise again in South Florida

Miami Herald

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Patricia Delinois’ Black-Berry is buzzing again. After a long, dreary drought, her Sunday afternoons are filling up with open houses.

Delinois, who handles very expensive real estate, says a flurry of new activity is providing hope that the luxury home market has a pulse again, after taking a beating in recent months — albeit with kid gloves.

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20 Ways To Tweet: For Companies, Corporations & Small Businesses

Posted by pcbasentry on July 30, 2009

This slide presentation was posted on SlideShare by Brent Farmiloe.   It’s a great primer for any new Twitter user, or wanting to try it out.

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When economy picks up, housing demand will return, thanks to robust population growth.

Posted by pcbasentry on July 27, 2009

CNNMoney today has published the results of a very interesting studay done by Harvard University. Researchers cite the population boom occuring between 1979 and 1995, what they term “the echo boomers” as the impetus for a strong rebound of the housing market.

For the full story read “Housing saviors: The echo boomers”

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New Frontiers in Marketing

Posted by pcbasentry on July 24, 2009

Lennar has jumped into the world of social marketing with both feet. They now have their own YouTube channel.

You can read about it in Builder Social Blog…

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There’s Good News and Bad about Lead Paint Training Classes

Posted by pcbasentry on July 23, 2009

The good news is that the EPA has finally approved a training provider for Florida to offer the required certification classes. The bad news is that they only granted permission to hold those classes in his office in Fort Myers. He is currently seeking approval to hold classes at hotels and conference rooms around the State.

The American Management Resources Corporation was granted EPA approval on Wednesday, July 22nd. They are currently in the process of producing course materials, and have not yet scheduled any classes.

You can keep up with this issue by visiting AMRC’s website.

You can also contact them by phone:  (239) 936-8266 or fax: (239) 936-0737.

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Pro/Con: Can a Large House be Green?

Posted by pcbasentry on July 22, 2009

Both sides of this question are presented well in this piece at GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

The debte is on…which side do you take?

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Home Builders’ Manifesto Destiny: Change or Bid Goodbye

Posted by pcbasentry on July 20, 2009

Residential builders face many challenges today and the old business model may never again be effective.  HousingCrisis.com examines some of the challenges facing our industry…

One way to phrase the situation for those in the business and operations of new residential construction (and, in the mean time stop paying attention to meaningless, volatile, and highly flawed monthly national data on where housing is in its economic cycle):

Change the skill-set from capacity to ability.

That’s the way FMI Corp. principal Clark Ellis described the challenge for home building companies. It sounds so simple.

Read the full article here

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Developers build safeguards for buyers of new homes

Posted by pcbasentry on July 17, 2009

This article is from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald, but the features offered could be adopted anywhere…

A trend to ease the minds of people making major purchases through installment payments has moved from the auto dealership to the builder’s model.

Hyundai started the ball rolling late last year when it offered to let purchasers return their new car with no hit to their credit rating if they lost their job.

That seemed to get everyone thinking, and within a few months several area builders were offering their own version of this safeguard. Some were even sweetening the pot with many more protections and incentives….continued here

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