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Lennox’s Enhanced Extended Warranty Offering

Lennox has a new limited warranty offering provided under the name Warranty Your Way™ that, for certain applicable equipment, provides your homebuyers the opportunity to select the extended limited warranty coverage of their choice.
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The Power of Negotiation

In challenging times, negotiating with manufacturers and trade partners can take a back seat to more pressing issues. However, it’s when circumstances are less than ideal that the power of negotiation can deliver the biggest reward.
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Reducing 3 Types of Construction Waste to Increase Home Builder Profit

Waste in home building is a much broader term than most home builders think. Here’s how builders can take stock of all forms of waste throughout the construction process to achieve greater profitability.
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InSinkErator®: Who We Are

For over 80 years, InSinkErator has delivered long-lasting innovative products, with superior grind and sound performance, trouble-free operation, fast, easy installation, and a We Come To You® In-Home Limited Warranty.
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2022 Home Design Trends With Staying Power | Delta Faucet & Kichler Lighting

Our Delta designers and Delta Faucet company lighting partner, Kichler, share the kitchen and bathroom trends they’re seeing in real customer’s homes that have a timeless quality and will last past the next trip around the sun.
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Amarr Announces Lead-Time Reduction to 10 Weeks

Due to the combined efforts of many departments over the past few months, we recently announced a lead-time reduction to 10 weeks for most of our residential product lines. We will continue to focus efforts on further reductions in the coming months.
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Focus on Taxation: New Schedules K-2 and K-3 | RubinBrown LLP

International tax information reporting for 2021 brings the addition of two new schedules for passthrough entity tax returns: Schedules K-2 and K-3.
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The PERC Update: Lessons Learned About Electric Grid Reliability One Year After Winter Storm Uri

PODCAST: Lessons Learned from Uri Grid Failure - Social Influencer Credits Propane for Surviving Uri - Fundamentals of Propane Liquid Transfer Safety Course Now Available - Marketer Spotlight: Dan Richardson, Conger Gas - And Much More!
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How Progressive Builders Are Navigating Today's Market Challenges | The Franchise Player: Epcon Communities

All said and done, residential construction wrapped up a tumultuous but active 2021 building year at approximately 1.68 million new housing starts.
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NEWS RELEASE | Lennox Named Manufacturer Partner of the Year 2021

Lennox Industries, an industry leading manufacturer of residential air conditioning and heating, has received the 7th Annual Builder Partnerships Partner of the Year award.
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Nicole's Story: Clothed with Strength and Dignity | Homes for HOPE

Before joining HOPE Congo, Nicole struggled to turn a profit in her clothing store, unable to invest in business growth or save enough to help support her four kids.
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Superintendents Control Your Destiny

The one role in a home builder’s organization with the greatest responsibility for the builder’s reputation is the superintendent.
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Volume-Oriented Builders vs. Profit-Oriented Builders

As much as some home builders would like to blame external forces for low profitability, the truth is, well-run, efficient, profit-oriented home building companies make double-digit profits in ANY market, under ANY market conditions, with ANY product lines.
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Mattamy Homes Purchases 71 Acres in Buckeye, Arizona

Mattamy Homes closed on a significant land purchase in the city of Buckeye, Arizona, building on the success of several sold-out communities in Maricopa County.
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Trending Now: Marble Looks | Emser Tile

Marble and marble-look tile provide a timeless style that elevates spaces with a striking statement. The classic luxe aesthetic of marble continues to be a driving trend in design.
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5 Ways to Show You are Right for the Job | Mr. Steam

Homeowners have big visions for their remodeling projects. Here are some tips to help you prove it to your client.
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Build Your Network, Build Your Knowledge at IBS 2022

Join us for our 16th Annual IBS Networking Reception on Monday, February 7, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
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Tri Pointe Homes Acquires More Than 460 Homesites in Southeast Phoenix

Tri Pointe Homes acquired 468 homesites in Gilbert, Arizona, as part of the third and final phase of the builder’s Waterston planned community. The new community includes six neighborhoods on more than 137 acres.
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Thrive Home Builders' Gene Myers Reflects on Colorado's Marshall Fire

In a recent contributed article for Entrepreneur, Thrive Home Builders’ CEO Gene Myers reflects on the recent Marshall Fire, one of the most destructive fires in Colorado's history.
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Where Advanced Technology Meets Design Versatility | TimberTech

At TimberTech®, we believe in creating deck boards and other outdoor living products that mimic the natural look of real wood but without all the pitfalls.
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Top New Home Builder Tips for 2022 | ECI

2021 was another incredible year in the home building industry. Builders faced a number of challenges from supply chain issues to pricing fluctuations and labor shortages while trying to maintain profitability.
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Six Opportunities to see Lita Dirks & Co. at IBS 2022

Between Lita, our fearless leader, and Erin, our Director of Business Development, you will have six opportunities to see LD & Co at IBS this year. Not to mention all those passing-in-the-hall-spontaneous meetings.
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2022 Seminar Schedule: Curriculum for Excellence

For home builders, excellence is measured by the efficiencies of a team committed to a shared vision and the quality of the homes delivered to buyers. Education and training are cornerstones to achieving excellence. 
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Evolving Homes with Technology | Legrand

With their EVO Home Tech package, the New Home Company is pushing forward and providing customers with advanced, pre-integrated solutions all backed by a robust home network that’s fit for the future.
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Feature Glass for Urban Style | BSB Design

Enhance Light and Views for Upscale Living: Iconic glass-walled sky bridge defines the streetscape, Amenities located at building corners to maximize windows and access to outdoor space and much more!
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Ashton Woods Acquires the Assets of Capitol City Homes

Ashton Woods—No. 15 on the 2021 Builder 100—announced that it has acquired the assets of Capitol City Homes, the fifth largest private home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Choosing a new accountant? 13 Crucial Questions... | Info Plus Accounting

Recently, I was asked “What should I look for when I choose my next accountant?” If you’ve ever wondered the same thing – and you want to be happy with this VERY important choice – here's what you need to ask!​
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Get Cozy with Warm Neutral Hues | Emser Tile

Warm, earthy hues help to create a feeling of comfort and a cozy environment. Read more about the warm neutrals trend on our blog, and explore our collection of warm neutral tile on our website!
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Home Builders: Get Ready for 2022

Despite obvious successes in 2020 and 2021, there’s a lot of uncertainty and mixed messaging about the housing industry’s present status and future.
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Door Hardware with Built-in Protection | Kwikset

Kwikset™ smart locks give you more control as a property owner than ever before. Conveniently send electronic keys or user codes to your renters from your smartphone or computer.
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Homes for HOPE featured on the Home Builder Digital Marketing Podcast

The Home Builder Digital Marketing Podcast talks with not only industry experts, but also your fellow home builder marketers to learn how you can succeed in our incredibly competitive digital world.
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Lumber Prices: Effective Strategies for Uncertain Times

The only certainty with lumber prices these days is uncertainty. Lumber availability, housing demand, and supply chain issues all play a role in price volatility. Although some analysts are predicting lumber prices will stabilize in the coming months, the question remains at what price point will they level off? 
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Forecast: Strong Housing Market to Continue in 2022

​​​​​​​The housing industry has been a strong sector of the economy again in 2021.  Housing began this decade with strong demand generated by millennials and baby boomers on the move.
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Top New Home Builder Tips for 2022 | By: ECI

2021 was another incredible year in the home building industry. Builders faced a number of challenges from supply chain issues to pricing fluctuations and labor shortages. while trying to maintain profitability. We asked top industry thought leaders for their insight and tips to take on the New Year!
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Meet Our Consultants

Our consulting and coaching packages are designed to help home builders transform their organizations by addressing problem areas and building systems to deliver profits well above the industry standard.
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THANK YOU to Our Manufacturer and Service Provider Members

The team at Builder Partnerships would like to THANK YOU for your business and continued partnership! We are all very grateful for our wonderful manufacturer and service provider members!
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Are You Ready For 2022?

As we approach the end of 2021, we should be thinking about the new year and what new opportunities it brings. Are you ready? Is your marketing up to par? Is your social media activity current?
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What's trending? | Lita Dirks & Co.

To determine the trends in housing and interior design for 2022, we looked at this past year and noted what we see builders and buyers gravitating towards, as well as what worked and what didn’t.
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The Impact of Gas Bans | PERC [Propane Education & Research Council]

Builder and remodeler Emerson Clauss likes to leave his homes more energy-efficient than he found them. See why a Massachusetts builder and remodeler who specializes in energy-efficient, whole-home makeovers is battling gas bans in his region.
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Tri Pointe Homes Launches Its 55+ Lifestyle Community Brand Altis

Tri Pointe Homes has announced the launch of Altis, the official lifestyle brand for all of the builder’s 55-plus, age-qualified communities nationwide. With three communities already open in California.
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From Dated to Designed: Luxury Master Bath Remodel Stars Steam | Mr. Steam

See how designer Carla Aston transformed an outdated space with an awkward layout into a haven so tranquil it feels like you should call ahead to make a spa reservation.
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Larson Manufacturing Named Lowe’s Vendor Partner of the Year

LARSON Manufacturing is excited to announce it has been named the “2021 Vendor Partner of the Year” for the Lowe’s Building Products division.
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The Ongoing Impact of Your Giving | Homes for HOPE

Erika de la Cruz is a wife and mother of three children who for many years worked as a government employee to support her family. She always dreamed of owning her own business and building her own house.
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Huntsman Building Solutions Introduces D-Max Wall™ Continuous Insulation Solution

Huntsman Building Solutions, a global leader in high performance, sustainable building envelope solutions, today introduced D-Max Wall™, a new assembly and continuous insulation solution which allows spray polyurethane foam insulation to be installed from the interior while managing thermal bridging of the studs and structure.
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GAF’s Recycled Asphalt Shingles Wins Best of What's New Award

Recycled asphalt shingles by GAF, a Standard Industries company. There’s no reason to throw away shingles if you can just reuse them. GAF. Discarded roofing shingles typically end up tossed in landfills or incinerated.
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Navigating COVID-Related Issues with Customers

“Surgeon General Warns of Uptick in COVID-Cases as Cold Weather Arrives” The headline on my phone this morning was not a surprise. Day after day, the updates about the virus seem unable to hint at any real improvement. The end is not yet in sight. This is a reality we can neither escape nor ignore. For home builders navigating these issues with customers, several steps can be taken.
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Sales and Marketing or Sales vs. Marketing?

In most businesses (manufacturing included), sales and marketing have a fickle history. The relationship ebbs and flows back and forth, sometimes creating harmony, other times creating tension. In a manufacturing company, the job of marketing is to evaluate the market through sales data and research.
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Builder Partnerships Award Program Honors Excellence

It feels good to be recognized for your achievements, and recognizing builders for their dedication to excellence and continuous improvement is what the Builder Partnerships Achievement Awards are all about.
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Extraordinary Give Event [Nov 19th] with Lancaster County Community Foundation | Homes for HOPE

Don’t live in Lancaster County? No problem! On November 19, you can join thousands of people across the community and the world to support more than 500 local organizations and have your donation STRETCHED!
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New Products. New Programs. Making Closets Easy is What We Do! | Organized Living

Are you attending the International Builders' Show this year? Learn what Organized Living Booth #W5089 has in store and why you've got to put Organized Living at the top of your "Must-See" list for the International Builders' Show 2022!
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Steam Shower vs. Hot Tub: What Builders Need to Know | Mr. Steam

Why Steam Is the New Hot Tub: What Builders Need to Know. It is important to understand the differences between installing a steam shower versus a hot tub in your client’s home spa so you can help them make the right choice.
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The PERC Update: Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements, Preparing for Peak Season

TOP STORY: VIDEO: New Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements / PERC NEWS: Popular Homebuilders Tout Propane Heating Benefits, Versatility to 11 Million Viewers and Listeners
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Modern 3D Townhome Architecture | BSB Design

Versatile design and density for 3-story rear load and stacked flats. Blending materials and lines creates an activated 3D streetscape view. Use of glass to add natural light and open up to outdoor spaces.
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Remodel to Match Your Style with Kwikset

Upgrading your home security can go hand in hand with upgrading the look of your home. Choose from a variety of styles and finishes to make your home secure and uniquely you. See what Kwikset has to offer.
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Trumark Homes Purchases 159 Lots at RainDance in Windsor, Colorado

Trumark Homes has purchased 159 lots at RainDance, a master-planned community in Windsor, Colorado. These Trumark homes will be built adjacent to the RainDance National Golf Club, designed by PGA tour champion Fred Funk, conveniently located 4 miles east of I-25 and 5 miles north of Crossroads Boulevard.
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Fischer Homes Opens First Decorated Model in St. Louis

After acquiring Payne Family Homes earlier this year, Fischer Homes is unveiling its first decorated model home in the St. Louis market. Included in the acquisition was Streets of Caledonia located in O’Fallon, Missouri. The community is conveniently located minutes from I-64 and in the Wentzville School District.
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Mix and Match with Ironworx Porcelain Tile | Emser Tile

The striking colorways and rich movement of Ironworx™ glazed porcelain tile were inspired by molten metal as it is being forged.
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An Easy Way To Capture Buyer Attention | Legrand

A new house shouldn’t be all work and no play, even on day one. Entice customers with homes that are entertainment-ready from the moment they move in, with TV pre-wiring, pro-grade HDMI cabling, multi-room audio and more.
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EEBA's November Builder of The Month: Tim O'Brien Homes

EEBA is excited to present Tim O'Brien Homes as our November Builder of The Month! We are thankful for their expertise and involvement in our sustainable building community!
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Helping Residential Home Builders Manage the "Perfect Storm" | ECI MarkSystems

In this newsletter, you'll find scheduling tips from a MarkSystems expert, new focus on ITK and more!
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Fieldstone Homes, IHP Capital Partners Close on Fifth Utah Project

Salt Lake City home builder Fieldstone Homes and real estate investment firm IHP Capital Partners are continuing their partnership to maintain their strong momentum in the Mountain West region. The partners closed on their fifth residential development project in Utah since the first quarter of 2020.
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Homes for HOPE Partnerships Offer Win-Win-Win Scenarios

What makes Homes for HOPE different from other non-profit organizations associated with the home building industry is the global impact each home represents. Homes for HOPE is able to help thousands of people around the world with ONE home. Homes are not built by volunteers, homes are not given away, and there is no pressure for trade partners to donate their time or materials.
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End of Year Rebate Submissions Reminders

At the end of the year, it is crucial to get your closings in on time. Our manufacturing partners will not accept ANY submissions for the 2021 year after December closings are submitted in January. If you miss the January 10 deadline for 2021 closings, it is highly likely you will not be paid for those submissions.
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Driving for Kids: Team Shindig Rover Top Fundraiser Once Again Thanks to Our Generous Donors

Emma and I participated in the 6th Annual Driving for Kids vintage British car charity endurance run through the Colorado mountains and back country last month in our golden beige 1967 Austin Healey 3000.
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Effective Time Management Techniques with Shawn Van Dyke | ECI Webinar - Tomorrow 10/20 @ 3pm EST

You should budget your time just like you budget your money – on paper with a plan. When you budget your time, you can focus your efforts on particular tasks in a specified way. You can be more productive, gain momentum toward your goals, create the space you need to focus on the important things, and delegate the urgent things.
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Installing a GAF Timberline Roof In Extreme Weather

Since materials behave differently at different temperatures, it’s important to adjust your roofing technique when it’s extremely cold or hot outside.
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The PERC Update: Media Tour Promotes Propane for Home Resiliency

Media Tour Promotes Propane for Home Resiliency / PODCAST: Sustainable Alternatives for the Outdoors / Help Customers Avoid Projected Price Spikes
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Mattamy Opens Model Homes at Volanti in Wesley Chapel, Florida

Following its virtual grand opening in April, Mattamy Homes has announced the opening of its four new model townhomes at the Volanti community in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
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These Projects Will Keep You Warm | Royal Building Products

LiveAbode's Fall 2021 issue helps you define your home design style with our new quiz, walks you through weatherproofing your home, introduces you to Soffit, and more.
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Baldwin Hardware Launches Two New Collections

Baldwin Hardware is in the process of launching two new door hardware collections: Coined and Knurled Knobs and Levers, launched in August, and Contemporary General Hardware, set to launch in mid-October. Both will be associated with Baldwin’s Estate portfolio.
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Hayden Homes Acquires RYN Built Homes’ Lot Supply

Hayden Homes—No. 55 on the 2021 Builder 100—announced the acquisition of the lot supply of RYN Built Homes, one of the largest Inland Northwest area builders. Like Hayden Homes, RYN Built Homes began as a family-owned and operated business and has years of experience in new-home construction.
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Schuber Mitchell Launches Their 3rd Home for HOPE

Homes for HOPE is grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside Schuber Mitchell Homes as they begin their third Homes for HOPE project! This beautiful home will be built in their Southwind Trail community. Southwind Trail is conveniently located but still feels worlds away from the daily grind.
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Trumark Homes Plans First Colorado Community

After announcing the opening of a new Colorado division in September, Trumark Homes has plans to build their first new community in the state. Pelican Shores will be part of the Water Valley master-planned development in Windsor, located off Weld County Road 17.
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2021 TecHome Brilliance Awards [Kwikset]

Halo Touch Smart Lock provides homeowners access to their home using their unique fingerprint. Halo Touch Smart Lock comes with the ability to program and store up to 100 fingerprints (50 users).
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2021 TecHome Brilliance Awards [Brilliant]

The Brilliant Smart Dimmer Switch takes all of the design and manufacturing attributes that made the original Brilliant Smart Home Control a critical and commercial success and marries them together with a fashion-forward aesthetic at a remarkably affordable price point to create the world’s first integrated smart lighting and home control system.
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Drees Homes Opens New Ballentine Model in Thompson's Station, Tennessee

Drees Homes—ranked No. 34 on the 2021 Builder 100 and headquartered in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky—announced the opening of its newest model home, the Ballentine. The builder debuted the Ballentine floor plan at Whistle Stop Farms in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and said it’s the first of its kind to be built by the company.
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Managing for Profit Seminar Sponsorships

At Builder Partnerships, we strive to provide you with a multitude of opportunities to expand your business by building lasting relationships with our builder members.
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Optimizing Your Easy Incentive Opportunity

With all that is going on with home building right now, isn’t it nice to know that your ability to get incentives can be smooth and easy? Our team of relationship managers work hard to make it easy (and accurate) for you to submit your closings for our multitude of programs.
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LGI Homes Expands Terrata Homes Brand Into Jacksonville, Florida

LGI Homes announced Terrata Homes is selling in its newest community in the Jacksonville, Florida, market. Southern Pines offers buyers a variety of homes with spacious layouts situated on 1- to 6-acre lots.
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DUPONT'S WEBINAR 9/23 @ 2PM EDT - Below Grade Foundations: How To Do It Right The First Time & Why

Join the DuPont Education Hub (EDU HUB) and Construction Instruction as they dig into the science of insulation for below grade foundations and basements.
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Taking Smart Home Technology to the Next Level [Brilliant]

Top-ranked builder [The New Home Company] adopts built-in control system to elevate the experience of its homes and make smart home living easy for every buyer.
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Why Merchandising Kids’ Spaces is Important | Lita Dirks & Co.

Model homes are a significant investment for a builder. And as such, every inch is important. With that in mind you may be thinking, “Why spend the money merchandising a kid’s room or other spaces related to children? When merchandised effectively, these secondary spaces can help sell the model.
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Johnson Development Services and M/I Homes Start Joint Development in Houston

M/I Homes and Johnson Development Services have started construction on a joint development project, the Sorella community in Houston, which will offer a total of 838 homesites across 238 acres in Harris County.
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Dream Finders Homes to Acquire Assets of Texas-based MHI-McGuyer Homebuilders

Dream Finders Homes (Nasdaq: DFH) has entered a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire the home building, mortgage banking, and title insurance assets of Houston–based home builder MHI-McGuyer Homebuilders and related affiliates.
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Guardian Access and Door Hardware Joins Builder Partnerships

Guardian is an original equipment manufacture (OEM) of Garage Door Openers and Door Hardware Systems. We have been a leading supplier the garage door and access industries since 1985.
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ECI MarkSystems Webinar 9/2/21: Managing Successful Trade Partnerships

Builders and their trades and suppliers need each other to survive and grow their businesses, which has become even more challenging in today's market. Webinar featuring: Ed Hauck, Consultant, Builder Partnerships; Jason Sherman, Logistics Director, Elliott Homes; Josh McMahon, Director of Construction, Schell Brothers.
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Solutions to Relationship Challenges Between Builders and Manufacturers

Builder Partnerships provides solutions to the relationship challenges between builders and manufacturers. Builder Partnerships promotes a stronger relationship that benefits both the manufacturer and builder through direct interaction.
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SYMBI Home: This week featuring the Brilliant Smart Home System

Each week Custom Builder PRODUCTS highlight a different SYMBI partner. This week features the Brilliant Smart Home System, an in-wall lighting and control system serving each unit.
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Baessler Homes Continues Their Fight Against Global Poverty | Homes for HOPE

Homes for HOPE would like to thank Jamie Baessler, his family, the team at Baessler Homes, and the work of their foundation for continuing their partnership with a generous gift of $100,000!
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Therma-Tru's Home Trends

Homeowners are investing in high-quality products that offer craftsmanship with functional benefits.
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Expert Tips for Your Steam Shower Installation | Mr. Steam

Installing a Steam Shower: A Builder’s Thoughts on MrSteam. Custom home builder Tony Valentine has installed steam showers in more than 300 homes. Find out why he believes more builders should include steam showers in their new builds and remodels
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BSB Design | See You in Vegas!

The MFE Conference is right around the corner! Join the multifamily industry’s top owners, operators, developers, and architects.
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ECI MarkSystems | Are You Playing a Game of Broken Telephone?

There are so many stakeholders involved in home building, which is why open communication is essential. Builders need the right tools to keep sales, purchasing, estimating, and other teams on the same page at all times.
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The PERC Update: A new one-minute video explains how propane helps fill in the gaps of wind and solar

Few propane customers are thinking about the cold months ahead. An uncertain harvest demand, potential supply issues, and pandemic resurgence could make for another challenging home heating season.
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Award Spotlight: Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence

The recipient of the 2021 Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence is Atlanta-based builder Rockhaven Homes.
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Larson Doors Joins Builder Partnerships

For over 65 years, LARSON® has worked hard to become a leading innovator, delivering the best products and services, and offering storm door installation systems that are the easiest in the market to install.
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Legrand Expands adorne and radiant Collections, Offers Integrated Netatmo Smart Home Tech

Legrand’s existing adorne and radiant smart lighting product collections now offer products with integrated Netatmo smart home technology.
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Mattamy Homes Plans 83 Homes in Jacksonville's Mandarin Area

Mattamy Homes has announced plans to open sales for 83 homes in Jacksonville, Florida’s Mandarin neighborhood, located 15 miles south of downtown, in late spring 2022. The gated Olde Mandarin Estates community will offer a choice of three estate-style floor plans on 70-foot lots, with home prices starting from the mid-$400,000s.
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Saussy Burbank Plans 50 Single-Family Homes in Fort Mill, South Carolina

The Cottages at Springfield Town Center are set to start construction in early 2022. This project is the second collaboration between the builder and developer following Baxter Village, also in Fort Mill.
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