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BombBomb Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce the newest service provider member to our organization.
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The Upside of Digging Down: Why Adding a Basement to Your New Build is a Smart Investment

In this article, we will explore the benefits of incorporating a full ICF basement into your new build and how it can lead to a substantial return on investment.
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5 Steps for Using Economic Information to Guide Decisions & Actions

As with previous recessions and times of economic uncertainty, the housing industry is leading the current downturn.
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HBS Update With Simon Baker

Clearly, the economy is displaying some signs of distress, particularly with ongoing inflation and the recent interest rate increases within the U.S., but we have to remember the big picture as well. There is real demand for our product and services and it's likely only going to get stronger.
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Reducing Direct Costs: The Value of Unitized Pricing

​​​​​​​Builders across the country are looking for ways to reduce their direct construction costs by 15%-20%.  Have you gone through a complete plan review, stripped options from your base houses, cleaned up your building specifications and are still coming up short in terms of reducing costs?  If so, it’s time to look at how you purchase.
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Your Success is Our Mission

What sets Builder Partnerships and Shinn Consulting apart from our competition? Just ask our members and clients. We hear it from them all the time. They know we truly CARE about them, and they know we are truly committed to helping them succeed.
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No Matter the Space, We Can Organize It

Offering the ultimate level of style and customization, the Heirloom Collection™ allows the creation of truly personalized closets, mudrooms and pantries tailored to the homeowner’s needs.
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Congratulations to Our Builder Members Featured on Builder's 2023 Builder 100 / Next 100 List

Our builder members are continually ranked among the top home building companies in the country.
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Top 3 Lessons for Success in Todays Market

"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room!" Mastermind Philosophy
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Top 5 Must-Haves in Today’s Model Home

It is crucial to stay attuned to the ever-changing needs and desires of today’s new home buyers. In the present market, buyers are more discerning and mindful of their spending, and therefore, it is imperative to showcase the top must-haves buyers are seeking in a new home within your model home.
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Make the Most of Modern

What does ‘modern’ really mean anyway? In the style world, modern refers to a minimalist style that was popular in the early to mid-twentieth century.
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Rausch Coleman Homes: A Celebration Three Years in the Making

Trade partners, suppliers, and Rausch Coleman staff gathered last week as we celebrated a partnership three years in the making.
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Hakes Brothers Enters Kansas City Market

The New Mexico–based builder has started two new developments on the Kansas side of the market.
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How to Navigate the 5 Phases of a Market Correction

Band-Aids are not the answer—enduring each part of a market correction is a challenging yet necessary process for home builders.
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Highlights from the 2023 Executive Summit

Nature continually presents us with impressive examples of perseverance: trees growing out of rocks, a plant poking up from a crack in the concrete, flowers blooming under the harshest of conditions, etc. Perseverance and growth under challenging circumstances was the theme of this year’s Executive Summit.
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2023 Shinn Consulting Achievement Award Winners

It is our pleasure to announce this year’s winners of the Shinn Consulting Achievement Awards.
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Housing Downturn Demands Tough Decisions

Product redesign and performance engineering were popular topics at last month’s Executive Summit. Home builders willing to get creative and make tough decisions to protect their businesses and profit margins during the downturn will be in a better position to take advantage of the subsequent recovery.
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Important Considerations for Building an Energy Efficient Home in California

Soaring energy prices and the effects of climate change are being felt all around, so building energy-efficient homes is more important than ever.
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Providence Homes Celebrates 20 Years of Partnership with Homes for HOPE

On March 1st – a beautiful, sunny day in Jacksonville, FL – the Homes for HOPE team had the privilege of gathering with Providence Homes’ staff and trade partners to celebrate the completion of their 7th Homes for HOPE project.
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Preparing Your Business to Thrive in Uncertain Times

If we’ve learned anything over the past couple of years, it’s that’s business complacency is a dangerous thing—and that being able to respond quickly to change is vital to business prosperity.
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Garage Door Sizes and Creative Uses

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about garage door sizes, proper ways to measure for garage doors and how to let your creative juices flowing if you're thinking about fun ways to spruce up a space.
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Choosing Grout Colors

Looking for a new way to transform tile? Selecting the right grout can make all the difference when completing a design project.
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How GAF Timberline Ultra HDZ Shingles Enhance and Protect Your Home

The best roof shingles not only help protect your family's most important investment but also provide attractive curb appeal that can increase your home's value.
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The Rise of Biophilic Design in Hardscaping

The term “biophilic design” has gained favor as a technique of connecting architecture and nature for a truly cohesive effect.
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Builder Partnership’s Executive Summit Recap

Lita Dirks and Steve Moore, of BSB Designs, presented “Winning Strategies for Product Design” at the Builder Partnership’s Executive Summit in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month. The duo addressed the challenges that fuel success and the winning strategies for perseverance and growth.
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Lennox Industries Launched Warranty Your Way™, An Industry First for Home Comfort System Parts And Labor Coverage… At No Additional Cost

Heating and cooling equipment has become more sophisticated and efficient. But, with advancement can come added expense. Good news: Lennox has a solution.
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Builder Data Platforms

Leveraging data to drive competitive advantage has shifted from being an option to a requirement and having a robust data strategy is an essential part of an organization's DNA. 
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Create Backyard Bliss with These 2023 Outdoor Living Trends

Unfussy landscaping, climate-responsible yards, and wellness elements rank highly among homeowners and designers this year.
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The 3-Step Plan Performance Strategy

Managing cost without reducing consumer appeal is a balancing act.
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Composite Decking vs. Wood: Tips To Choose

While traditional wood has been a decking staple for decades, it’s certainly not your only deck material choice. If you haven’t explored newer engineered materials, you’re missing out on low-maintenance and high-performance perks that wood just can’t offer.
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Lennar’s Adherence to Core Strategies Helps Navigate 'Volatile' Market Conditions

The home builder delivered stronger than anticipated revenue and home closing numbers in the fiscal first quarter while implementing its pricing to market strategy.
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Exciting News From AZEK Exteriors

AZEK Exteriors has added their shingle siding to our great list of programs!
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Reduce Cycle Time and Increase Profits with Reliable Construction Schedules

Scheduling is the backbone of a home builder’s entire organization. The construction schedule impacts the builder’s production capacity, profitability and cash flow. Improving the reliability of the construction schedule is one of the most effective strategies for improving company performance.
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Lead Time Update

Please view the document for the most current lead times that will be effective 1/30/2023.
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Poppin’ Interior Design: The Loft

A focus on interior merchandising is important for several reasons. Interior merchandising helps to create a visually appealing and attractive space, which can help a buyer imagine living in the space.
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The Secret to Achieving Profits Well Above the Industry Standard

It’s no coincidence that the majority of highly-successful business owners have a mentor or coach. They understand the importance of obtaining an outside perspective from experts who can help them improve performance and profitability.
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Understanding the Benefits of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation refers to the use of digital technologies to significantly change how an organization operates, engages with, and delivers value to its customers.
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Advice for Home Builders Navigating a Housing Market in Flux

Successful builders can grow during this housing recession if they plan for it by maintaining liquidity, keeping up their reputation, and actively searching for opportunities.
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Three Ways to Light Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living areas are more popular than ever! Progress Lighting recommends three ways to light outdoor living spaces to increase your enjoyment of these areas.
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Emser’s 2023 Design Trends

As we make our way into a brand-new year, it’s exciting to highlight some of the top trends that we will see in design for 2023, along with many of the key influences driving these trends.
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Beautiful Bathroom Inspiration

Get inspired to design your dream bathroom with ideas from Delta partners.
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What Is Thin Brick Veneer?

Thin brick is a manufactured stone veneer product that is used to dress existing walls, giving the appearance of classic brick to a home's exterior.
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How to Assess Contractors for Building with ICFs

One of the biggest issues currently facing the country is the lack of skilled labor to build residential and commercial projects.
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How to Choose the Right Shingles for Beautiful Home Exterior Design

Your roof is central to your home's exterior aesthetic. Your roof style, shingle type, and color palette all work together with other architectural elements to give your home lasting curb appeal.
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IBS Recap: Kitchen Features High in Demand Among Homebuyers

Kitchen customization continues to be a major factor in home purchases, and builders and designers are taking notice.
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What Home Features Are Expected Today, and Which Exceed Buyer Expectations?

In her most recent webinar, Zonda's Mollie Carmichael gives an in-depth look at consumer trends that are sweeping the industry.
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Builder Partnerships Names Delta Faucet 2022 Partner of the Year

Delta Faucet, an industry leading manufacturer of shower heads, faucets and other kitchen and bath accessories, has received the Builder Partnerships Partner of the Year award for 2022. The award was announced during Builder Partnerships' 17th Annual Networking Reception at the International Builders' Show.
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IBS 2023 Highlights

When the party is still going strong an hour after the scheduled end time, you know you've done something right. That was the case at our 17th annual IBS Networking Reception. We had a great turnout and a fun crowd.
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What To Do About Interest Rates

Interest rates are still higher now than they were twelve months ago. Buyers continue to bail out of buying homes because of that, both new and existing homes. These higher rates have reduced sales and home prices.
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International Builders’ Show 2023 Recap

The Homes for HOPE team had the privilege of joining nearly 70,000 home building professionals from around the globe last week at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS),
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Designing Incredible Outdoor Experiences

Market survey data continues to prove that new home buyers want quality outdoor living. In fact, demand for exceptional outdoor living spaces now rivals other top priorities (like kitchens and primary suites) as one of the most important elements of a floor plan.
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Light Layering

Let’s talk layers. There’s a reason designers love them.
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World’s First Fridge With 70% Recycled Plastic Inner Liners Is Ours

The recycled plastic content and advanced food preservation features of our new built-in refrigerators have been well received by consumers. Simona Oboroceanu, Category Marketing Manager from the Food Preservation team at Electrolux tells us why.
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16 ICF Modern Farmhouse Floor Plans and Design Ideas

Are you considering constructing an ICF farmhouse? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We have tons of ICF farmhouse plans ready for you to view.
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DRD + M Series Earn Another Award

Architectural Products announces DRD + M Series as a PIA Award winner
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Generac to Expand its Clean Energy Offering with the Addition of Residential Electrical Vehicle Chargers

Generac Power Systems, Inc., (NYSE: GNRC) a leading global designer and manufacturer of energy technology solutions and other power products, today announced the introduction of its first electric vehicle charging system.
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Top Interior Paint Colors and Wall Plate Combos for 2023

Explore the latest interior paint trends (with bonus style from the adorne Collection).
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Common Attic Ventilation System Solutions by Roof Style

Ventilation is defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as "the exchange of indoor and outdoor air."
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Valuable Insight to Improve Performance

Reliable feedback equals smarter decisions. Using a third-party to gather candid feedback directly from your employees, trades and suppliers will provide you with the accurate information you need to become a better employer and builder.
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2023 Outdoor Lighting Trends and Styles

Progress Lighting offers an overview of outdoor lighting trends for 2023 and top picks for the 2023 lighting designs.
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PermitFlow Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce the newest service provider member to our organization.
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Expand Your Network and Knowledge at IBS 2023

You're Invited to Join Us at IBS 2023!
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Improving Quality Through the Power of Checklists

A new year means new opportunities to improve performance and reach higher levels of success. As we enter 2023, it’s time for a fresh start. It’s time to eradicate excuses and poor performance and start compelling events to conform to the plan. It’s time to change the status quo and recognize the power of checklist implementation in your operational practices.
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Facing the Unknown with an Eye on the Fundamentals

2023 will be no different than any other year in the home building business. There, I’ve said it.
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Builder Survey Results Reflect Challenging Market

Builder Partnerships recently conducted a follow-up survey of our builder community in order to remain abreast of the market and its impact on our home builder members.
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Steam Shower Installations: The Importance of Designer and Builder Collaboration

As a builder, you never want to experience what always happens in popular home renovation series. 
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How to Choose the Right Shower Faucet

There are many things to consider when choosing a hand shower or shower head: Style and design, price point, spray functionality.
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Trane Technologies Listed in Top 20, Ranks First in Industry of JUST 100

Trane Technologies (NYSE:TT), a global climate innovator, is ranked 18th on the 2023 JUST 100 list, named first in the Building Materials & Construction industry,
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Gerber® Adds New Faucet to Kinzie® Kitchen Collection - Our First Pull-Down Bridge Model

Introducing the Kinzie Two Handle Bridge Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet.
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Lennox Industries Wins 2022 GOOD DESIGN® Award for Cutting-Edge Heat Pump Technology

The Lennox SL25XPV heat pump is named one of the Best Building Materials of 2022
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Warm Finishes, a Welcoming Trend

When it comes to décor, finishes are what make the style stand out.
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BSB Design Receives Five Silver Awards in 2023 Nationals

NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) announced Silver Award Winners for The Nationals 2023 new home sales and marketing awards.
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ThreadKore Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce the newest service provider member to our organization.
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Winning Strategies for Perseverance & Growth

Home builders often miss the cycle turns for a recession and a recovery. Many builders are looking at the slowdown in sales as seasonal and are building spec homes for next year’s selling season. Regardless of when it’s officially declared, housing is already in the early stages of a recession. 
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Wise Investments in a Down Market

Uncertainty abounds in the market today. Many of our home builder clients across the country are making investments into more efficient plans and revisiting engineering requirements. While these are wise investments under any conditions, there is another wise investment that should be a top priority for builders right now: education.
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Consultant's Corner: Small Changes, Big Rewards

During a recent client visit, we identified more than $300,000 worth of retroactive price decreases, and we took a purchasing process that was taking two to three hours per budget and streamlined it down to 15-20 minutes. We also recommended simple plan and specification changes that would save them $12,000 per house. And all of this was simply the low-hanging fruit we identified during a brief consulting visit.
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The 2023 Colors of the Year are Here!

America's top color experts have made their choices for the 2023 Colors of the Year, or in some cases 2023 Palettes of the Year. We've pulled them all together to provide you with one convenient resource for you to review!
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Spanish Integrated Learning Center

Fox Blocks, an Insulated Concrete Form manufacturer, is excited to announce the much-anticipated Spanish Integrated Learning Center.
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Froehlich Signature Homes Completes Their First Homes for HOPE Project

Homes for HOPE recently had the pleasure of celebrating Froehlich Signature Homes’ first Homes for HOPE Project.
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Ceiling Fans for Year-Round Style

Winter or summer, ceiling fans offer both style and function for your home.
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Delta Faucet Modernizes Beloved Farmhouse Aesthetic with New Saylor™ Bath Collection

Inspired by the clean, simple lines of modern farmhouse style and the raw functionality of everyday hardware, Delta Faucet introduces their newest Saylor™ Bath Collection today.
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Consultant's Corner: Those Few Extra Inches

We often design without the implications of cost in the early stages. These little design modifications can easily add thousands of dollars to our direct construction costs with little to no value added.
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Announcing The First Annual Bigelow Award

HOMES FOR HOPE IS PROUD TO HONOR PERRY BIGELOW’S LEGACY BY CREATING A NEW ANNUAL TRADITION.
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Steve Brooks of Grand Homes Presented with First Annual Homes for HOPE Bigelow Award

At a recent Shinn Consulting builder group meeting, Jeff Rutt and Matthew Baehr of Homes for HOPE presented Steve Brooks of Grand Homes with the first annual Bigelow Award.
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Pahlisch Homes Launches Their First Homes for HOPE Project

Pahlisch Homes launches their first Homes for HOPE project just in time for the leaves to change in beautiful Bend, Oregon.
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Supply Chain Issues

The escalating prices of lumber and other conventional construction materials and problems with availability, created a surge in demand for alternative products, mainly ICFs.
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Unilock Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is Pleased to Announce the Newest Manufacturer Member to Our Program
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Variances Sink Profits & Businesses

Variances are a major obstacle to achieving high profit margins. If you’re not controlling your variances, you’re not protecting your profits.
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Brilliant Joins the Connectivity Standard Alliance & Matter Initiative

Brilliant Joins Connectivity Standards Alliance and Announces Plans to Add Matter Support to our Smart Home System
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How Building Owners Can Develop a Sustainable Roofing Strategy

Need to achieve LEED certification goals?
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Taylor Morrison Unveils New Build-To-Rent Brand Yardly

The national home builder will now develop build-to-rent communities in house under a new brand name.
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Providence Homes Completes Their Seventh Homes for HOPE Project

Providence Homes, Jacksonville’s leader in energy-efficient construction, recently completed its seventh Homes for HOPE project to help fight global poverty.
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Introducing the New SmartCode™ 260 Keypad and SmartCode™ 270 Touchpad

Kwikset introduces two new electronic deadbolt locks with our latest keyless entry technology, easy installation, and new features in a stylish traditional and contemporary design.
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Drees Homes Debuts New Model At Annecy in Nashville Area

The 4,700-square-foot Wilshire model boasts a bold, black exterior with rich cedar accents.
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Fall Color Tile Trends

Is Fall your favorite color?
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Whole House Protection

Does your termite treatment have the longest warranty in the business?
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Renegotiating in a Down Market

The market is changing. Now is the time to start renegotiating to lower your costs.
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Consultant's Corner: Get the Fundamentals Right if You Want to Succeed

Vince Lombardi, arguably one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time, and John Wooden, the legendary NCAA coach, both instilled into their players one basic premise: get the fundamentals right if you want to succeed.  
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Matt Baehr from Homes for HOPE Interviewed by Roland Narinsey

Meet the Charity - Get to Know Your Pro
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