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RubinBrown's Accounting & Auditing Alert January 2021

FASB Issues Proposal To Simplify Recognition and GASB Proposes New Implementation Guidance.
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Legrand Introduces Ultra-Fast USB Outlets to Adorne Series

An ultra-fast USB outlet is the newest addition to Legrand’s adorne series, following the launch of the manufacturer’s ultra-fast USB outlets in the radiant series.
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Increase Your Business Growth Today | ECI MarkSystems

Does Your Business System Help You Meet New Housing Demands? Is it able to keep up with changing technology?
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SillDry | Join our community of architects, builders, developers, and contractors

SillDry is constantly on the lookout for industry trends and new technologies. Join our community of architects, builders, developers, and contractors by subscribing to SillDry's informational blog.
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GAF Community Matters touches lives of more than 6,000 families

In a year like no other, the GAF community gave like never before.
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10 Design Tips & Trends for 2020 | Legrand

The latest interior design trends are about a bold start for a new decade. From dramatic hardware to graphic tiles, download our list for design inspiration to help differentiate your homes.
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Breaking the Barrier to Double-Digit Profits

Private home builders are bold risk takers. For the level of financial risk they take, the financial returns—in terms of net profit—often don’t measure up. It doesn’t have to be this way.
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Providence Homes Announcement | Homes for HOPE

Homes for HOPE would like to thank Bill Cellar, his family, and the amazing team at Providence Homes for their generous gift of $100,000!
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Neal Streams Grand Opening for New Grand Park Community in Sarasota, Fla.

According to Neal Communities, the community will offer 890 homes at full buildout, and offer buyers a choice of 18 single-family and attached villa home floor plans ranging from 1,600 to 4,000 square feet in size.
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Mark the End of 2020 with a Free Article

For the December issue, we are offering our manufacturer and service provider members the opportunity to submit a free article on any topic of relevance to our readers. Deadline: Friday, December 11th
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Mattamy Homes and Beep Partner on Autonomous Shuttle Service at Florida MPC

Mattamy Homes has partnered with Beep, a Florida-based “mobility as a service provider” to offer autonomous shuttle service at and around Mattamy Homes’ Tradition community in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
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MVP Awards: The Most Valuable Products of 2020 - Exterior - Royal Building Products

Royal Building Products - Cedar Renditions, is a line of premium aluminum siding that provides curb appeal without the maintenance or flammability issues of wood.
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MVP Awards: The Most Valuable Products of 2020 - Exterior - AZEK Exteriors

AZEK Shingle Siding with PaintPro technology matches the texture of cedar shingles while adding the performance and low maintenance benefits of rot-proof engineer polymer building materials.
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MVP Awards: The Most Valuable Products of 2020 - HVAC - Broan NuTone

Broan NuTone's SurfaceShield is a technology that offers protection against bacteria, mold, and fungi growth in the bathroom or other humidity-prone environments.
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MVP Awards: The Most Valuable Products of 2020 - Misc. - Organized Living

Organized Living's Select brand, is an easy, fast, and strong storage solution providing homebuyers the affordable traditional built-in look they demand and allowing home builders the opportunity to profit.
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The PERC Update: Forbes Writer Includes Propane in New Article

In a recent Forbes article that would otherwise just feature natural gas vehicles, the author quotes PERC President and CEO Tucker Perkins about the benefits of propane autogas.
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Building Resilience (11): PVC Cladding Panels and Metal Profiles Complete the Modern Makeover - Installing AZEK sheets

Installing AZEK sheets with PaintPro technology and how some high-performing black paints can reflect heat.
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Need Compact Appliances for a Small Kitchen? Frigidaire

This 24-inch freestanding range offers four elements, 1.9-cubic-foot oven, and adjustable leveling legs. It provides different cooking controls such as bake, broil, preheat, electronic clock, and timer.
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It’s Time to Start Thinking Ahead | ECI BuildTools

As 2020 winds down, now is the time to take a long, hard look at your business. Do you have the right processes and solutions in place to make next year your most successful one yet? Here are some resources to help you find the right technology to take your business to the next level.
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Give Your Buyers Hot Water Performance & Efficiency

Bradford White has a full lineup of ENERGY STAR® certified residential products (both electric and gas) for outstanding residential efficiency.
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Baessler Homes Announcement | 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 their generous gift of $50,000!
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How to Become Invaluable to Builder Customers | A Four-Part Series

In today's market you want to stand out and differentiate yourself by being the company that offers the most valuable relationship, not necessarily the least expensive product. In this four-part series, we will reveal several ways you as the manufacturer can become invaluable to your builder customers without sacrificing profitability.
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ECI | MarkSystems November Newsletter: Tech & Techniques for Growth

Helping residential home builders grow.
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Strong Relationships Make the Difference

Builder Partnerships would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to our manufacturer and service provider members.We want you to know we value your partnership and participation.
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Check out the new Halo Touch by Kwikset. The fingerprint Smart lock

Introducing Halo Touch™, the smart lock as unique as your fingerprint. Simply use your unique fingerprint to lock and unlock your door.
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It's that Time of Year! Organized Living

Top Trends Driving the Future of Home Building.
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Giving Thanks for Our Builder Members

Builder Partnerships would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our builder members. This has been an interesting and challenging year, and we want you to know we value your partnership and participation.
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Q+A With Thrive Home Builders on Promoting Better Indoor Air Quality

Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Environments Division recognizes several industry organizations. For the last five consecutive years, Denver-based Thrive Home Builders has been recognized on the list, and in 2019 the builder won the top prize: Leader of the Year.
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Propane Council Webinar Thurs. 11/19 @ 2pm EST : A New Kind of Micro-CHP Featuring Enginuity Power Systems

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is proud to introduce the newest offering in the Propane Presents Technology Series, a brand-new webinar series that focuses on showcasing propane-powered equipment from the country's leading manufacturers.
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Gumenick Properties Boosts Its Productivity with ECI MarkSystems

Builder increased efficiency with no extra staff required.
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Astria Fireplaces Designed to Complement Any Room

Offering sophisticated design and industry-leading quality and performance.
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Mattamy Homes to Enter Dallas-Fort Worth Market Through New Acquisition

The privately owned builder has reached a definitive agreement with Dallas-based New Synergy Homes.
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Fayetteville Home Builder Acquired by Florida-Based Company

H&H Homes, a leading home builder based out of Fayetteville, has been sold to Florida-based Dream Finders Homes.
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DuPont™ FlexWrap™ EZ

Plugging unwanted openings in the building envelope is a cinch with DuPont™ FlexWrap™ EZ.
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Wayne Dalton Carriage House Steel Garage Doors

Model 9700 offers embossed, high tensile panels that give the look of wood with the strength of steel.
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The Root Cause of Cycle Time Creep

Are your cycle times getting longer? Are trades not showing up on your jobsites? Are you experiencing delays with closings and unpredictable cash flow? It’s easy to blame construction schedules and material shortages for these issues. However, the root cause is more widespread.
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Driving for Kids: Shindig Rover Once Again Top Fundraising Team Thanks to Our Generous Donors

Last month, Emma and I participated in the fifth annual Driving for Kids charity event as team Shindig Rover. Driving for Kids is part of America’s British Reliability Run (BRR), a fun, but challenging, driving event for British car enthusiasts.
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ECI MarkSystems Webinar: Automating a Bad Process Gets You to Zero Faster - Wed Nov 4 @ 12PM ET

Are You Ready for Successful Growth?
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The Smart Lock as Unique as Your Fingerprint

Convenience and security at your fingertips.
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Legrand Case Study: Building for Today, and Tomorrow, with Drees Homes

A longstanding builder looks to the future with DreeSmart offerings.
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Brookfield Residential Expands Smart Home Platforms and Self-Guided Tours

The myTime system enables private model home access, while myCommand supports smart homes on Amazon, Google, and Apple systems.
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Verity Homes 5 & 6 Announcement

Earlier this year, Art Goldammer, his stellar team at Verity Homes, and their gifted trade partners completed their 4th Homes for HOPE project!
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7 Factors in Choosing A Management System

Demand for new homes continues to beat records. Do you have technology in place to take full advantage of these opportunities?
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Emser Tile Debuts New 2020/2021 Catalog

Color, Texture and Design Showcased within New Products
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Shinn Consulting Launches Home Builder University

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Shinn Consulting Home Builder University, an online community for builders to access the critical knowledge they need to survive and thrive. 
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Formica Launches 16 New Woodgrain Laminate Styles

New neutral tones available in elm, ashwood, cherry, oak, and walnut species, among other options.
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Free eBook: Make Every House a Smart Home

Transform every house into an easy-to-use smart home with the Brilliant Smart Home Control and all-in-one mobile app. Installs in minutes in the place of light switch. Affordable solution with instant ROI for every type of builder and budget.
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New eBook: Protecting Your Building Envelope | SillDry

Download our latest resource, Protecting Your Building Envelope, for an overview of SillDry, the most effective flashing solution for prevention of water intrusion.
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New and Improved Legrand Website Features

In addition to enhanced and better organized content, with the new site we are also introducing many new and improved features, tools, and resources identified through our customer research to help meet your needs.
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The PERC Update: How to Respond to Propane Questions

VIDEO: PERC CEO Shares Four Ways to Respond to the Propane Environmental Question AND Webinar- Thurs., Oct 15th @2pm EST: Learn About the Latest Innovation in Propane Generators
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Schuber Mitchell Completes Their Second Homes for HOPE Project

Celebrating owners Dan Mitchell, Daman Schuber, Joe Harris, and their stellar team built this beautiful home in the Orchard Park Community in Northern Arkansas. Schuber Mitchell Homes exists to honor God, enrich the lives of others, and make home ownership attainable for everyone.
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Ready to get inspired by Kichler Lighting

When it comes to creating a space you love, there’s nothing like inspiration to spark your ingenuity. Today we’re sharing a few favorites—curated by style, space, and effect—including beautiful new products that’ll make your vision shine.
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Looking to build your roofing business? GAF Roofing

Roofers know that whether you’re installing a roof or building a business, high quality tools are essential for getting the job done right. That’s why GAF makes some of our most powerful business-building tools and programs available to all contractors.
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Doors That Meet Today's New Home Demands | ThermaTru Doors

The new Composite Door Frame is made with the manufacturer’s Tru-Guard composite technology, a rot-free system designed to work together with rot-resistant Therma-Tru doors and components.
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AZEK® PVC Trim with PaintPro® Technology

AZEK® PVC Trim with PaintPro® Technology was engineered to be the lowest maintenance paintable trim in the market with superior paintability, fast dry times and long-lasting paint adhesion.
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Best Practices for Energy-Efficient Design | SillDry

Ongoing stay-at-home orders challenge homeowners to become increasingly aware of the inefficiencies in their home's design and construction, and, more specifically, the relationships between comfort, health, energy efficiency, and cost savings.
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Rubin Brown's Webinar | Wed, Sept 30 @ 10a-12p CST | PPP Loan Forgiveness

Join RubinBrown experts as they discuss everything you need to know about PPP loan forgiveness. Wed, Sept 30 @10am CST
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ECI | Lasso - September Issue: Online Marketing Tips and More

Sales and marketing for today's home builders. The Rise of the Self-Guided Tours: Self-guided home tours have arrived. This game-changing innovation is opening doors––literally and figuratively––for home builders and real estate companies across the country.
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Welcome Our Newest Manufacturer Member: Brilliant

Brilliant is the leading smart home control and lighting company, creating technology that unifies home experiences through simple and thoughtful interaction.
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Streamlined Builder Enrollment

We have streamlined our builder enrollment process to make it quick and easy for builders to become members of Builder Partnerships. No more paper! No more hassle!
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Budget Season Outreach

We recently simplified our agreements and pricing to offer our manufacturer and service provider members added value. You can customize your agreement with a wide variety of a la carte services designed to help you grow your market share, and we can manage all of your programs—including any special and direct programs you have with builders.
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The Cost-Saving Benefits of Training

A well-trained staff leads to higher quality homes built in less time at a lower cost.
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New home sales are hot! Be prepared. ECI | MarkSystems

Helping Residential Home Builders Grow. Though the weather may be cooling off, new home sales and building are not! Be prepared with the latest home building industry insight.
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Grand Homes Completes Their 8th Homes 4 Hope Project

It is with sincere gratitude to their trade partners that Grand Homes announces the completion of their 8th Homes for HOPE project in the McKinney, TX area. This beautiful home has generated a record $400,000 donation – the single largest donation in the history of Grand Homes’ long-standing partnership with Homes for HOPE!
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Join Us! Propane Education & Research Council - New Webinar Series about Propane Technologies | Thurs. Sept 10 @12pm MST / 2pm EST

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is proud to introduce the Propane Presents Technology Series, a brand-new webinar series that will focus on showcasing the latest advancements in propane-powered equipment from the country's leading manufacturers.
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Are change orders hurting your bottom line? ECI | BuildTools

If margins are tight, it’s critical to have the tools and resources you need to ensure your projects are profitable. Here are our five favorite resources with insights and best practices on all things budget management, from change orders to accounting and more.
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2020 Lighting Guide: Statement Lighting, Color Are Hot for 2020 and Beyond | Progress Lighting

Designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, the Surfrider Collection Large Pendant feature tiers of metal curves converging in an ever-widening circle. Oversized hooks suspended from a simple orb surround a floating braided metal cable. It’s shown in Maliblue.
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Products for a Universally Designed Home | Legrand

Legrand Under Cabinet Lighting system, it is a plug and play for your appliances and tablets while keeping the countertop and backsplash clear. In addition to the cabinet system, the Legrand adorne collection includes motion sensor switches, under cabinet lighting, Wi-Fi control, and more. All Legrand products can be connected via the Legrand Hub.
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Homebuyers are Looking to Buy! Do You Know What They Want? | Organized Living

Single-family home sales are soaring — the strongest they’ve been in decades. To get your piece of that record sales pie requires an understanding of what homebuyers want and the trends that will drive the future of homebuilding. Do you know what they want? We do! Contact Organized Living today!
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Increase customer retention, improve business costs, and more! | GuildQuality

As you start prioritizing goals for the coming months, year, and beyond, consider placing customer satisfaction at the top of your list. Check out our top five tips to help you improve customer retention, grow your business, and increase your bottom line.
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Smart Locks from Kwikset

Many connected home devices integrate seamlessly with Kwikset smart locks. Lights, temperature and window shades can all be automatically adjusted upon entering a home.
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Quality Homes Deserve Quality Protection | Legrand

Reduce the risk of break-ins, and increase peace of mind, with Smart Lighting from the radiant® Collection. Safety isn’t just about Intruders. Understand the latest National Electrical Code, and how GFCI solutions provide the protection and peace of mind your customers deserve, with this comparison infographic.
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Brizo | Jason Wu Extend Partnership with New Matte White Faucet Line

Brizo aims to bring fashion-forward fittings into homes, they say, which makes the partnership with Wu ideal. This latest release includes a pull-down kitchen and prep faucet, bar faucet, and soap or lotion dispenser in a bright white matte finish.
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Sego Homes Completed Their First Home for HOPE

Earlier this year, Sego Homes completed their first Homes for HOPE project! President Wayne Coorbridge, his stellar team, and their generous trade partners built this beautiful home in the South Jordan, UT area.
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Davidson Homes Enters Atlanta with 2,340 Lots in 15 Communities

Huntsville, Ala.-based builder Davidson Homes has announced its first moves into the Atlanta market with the purchase of 2,340 new home lots in 15 communities. This marks the third new state expansion for Davidson Homes in the past three years.
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BSB Design | Trending Architecture for Today's Market Conditions

Great design is the foundation for great curb appeal. But it’s necessary to complete the design process with careful thought about appropriate, budget-friendly materials and details. This is the icing on the cake, and without it, much of the hard work you did to design a great home could be missed.
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ECI Blog: Business Lessons for the New World

There are some fundamental steps business leaders in every industry can take to get a solid grasp on how to move forward into an unprecedented future. In this week's blog post, we offer 10 ideas to help reimagine what your futures might look like in six months, or one year, or three years..
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Supply Chain Issues Threaten Profit Margins

Builders from across the U.S. and Canada are reporting supply chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent survey of our builder community revealed 96% of respondents are experiencing issues with product availability.
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Z.E.N. Home Update by Professional Builder: Products That Support Sustainability, Durability and Resilience - DuPont Tyvek

A pillar of the Ultimate Zero Energy Now (Z.E.N.) Home is Sustainability, including the building products Thrive Home Builders will use to deliver durability, resilience, and waste reduction.
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Healthy Homes Need Fresh Air - Broan NuTone

A recent study conducted by Broan-NuTone shows that two-thirds of respondents are growing worried about the air they breathe at home. Even if you wanted to, it would be impossible to ignore the conversation happening around indoor air quality.
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Mattamy Homes Appoints New CEO

Mattamy Homes has named Keith Bass as the new CEO of Mattamy Homes U.S., effective Sept. 28. Bass will take over the role from Pete Skelly, who will be retiring in October following a transition period.
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Even during pandemic, homebuilder DSLD is setting records as millennials tap low interest rates

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Forging Relationships with Builders

It is important that manufacturers establish their own relationships with builders, which generally involves an offer of direct support from the manufacturer, better known as a builder program. Builder programs often are customized to meet the specific needs of the builder.
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Manufacturer Survey Results: Challenges and Optimism

In an attempt to gain an understanding of the status of business with our manufacturing partners, we recently conducted a survey. Our survey included members from across the country and the results show they have been experiencing similar ups and downs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many supply chains have been interrupted because of shipping issues, supply issues, and reduced operational capacity.
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ECI Blog: Software EOL and Why It's Good for Business

Software End of Life and Why It's Actually Good for Business. Best practices, tips, and links to resources for you and your business.
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Get an In-Depth Look at Flashing Solutions for the Building Envelope | SillDry

Check out our latest resource, Flashing Solutions for the Building Envelope, for an in-depth look at: the purposes and functions of a building envelope, the issues with common sealing solutions, benefits of choosing SillDry.
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Learn here about the forces, the drivers, and the sweep of implications in this private-to-private deal, merging GreenEco Builders into Rausch Coleman.

Fayetteville, AR-based Rausch Coleman--with home building operations in five states in more than 80 actively selling new-home communities--acquired Katy, TX-based 12-year-old family-owned builder GreenEco Builders.
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As COVID-19 Continues, High-End Second-Home Sales Are on the Rise | Signature Homes

The Naples-based firm, which builds luxury residences under its Stock Signature Homes brand with an average sales price of around $1.4 million, had weathered a blip in sales and activity at the beginning of 2019, when buyers and builders alike were fretting about the possibility of a recession ahead.
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Brohn Homes [An affiliate of Clayton Properties Group] Announces New Homes in Three Central Texas Communities

Over 300 new Austin-area homes starting from the $200,000s and $300,000s available at Pecan Park, Bar W Ranch, and Cross Creek.
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2020 Homes for HOPE Award | Faustin Nsengimana’s Story | Rwanda

We at Homes for HOPE are so grateful for the transformative work that God has done in and through Faustin as he faithfully serves his family, church, and community. Please join us in celebrating and praying for Faustin Nsengimana as the 2020 Homes for HOPE Award winner!
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Know the Wiring Behind the “Connected Home” - Legrand

From durable enclosures to convenient connection points, Legrand structured wiring solutions guarantee smooth installations, reliable connections and the highest degree of performance. Download our Structured Wiring Guide to learn more.
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Capitalize on Current Single Family Demand | BSB Design

Nearly 70% of recent homebuyers cited COVID-19 as the reason they purchased. NEW = HEALTHY, with much more to offer than resales. Integrate and highlight amazing outdoor living.
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Davidson Holding Co., [parent company of Huntsville, Ala.-based Davidson Homes] Launches EverGreen Living, a New Single-Family Built-to-Rent Venture

Davidson Holding Co., the parent company of Huntsville, Ala.-based Davidson Homes, is expanding into single-family rentals with the launch of EverGreen Living, a single-family rental community construction and management venture based in the Southeast. The company has appointed Creighton Call, an industry veteran with 13 years of acquisition and development experience, as president of EverGreen Living.
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Fischer Homes’ Sales Up 138% in June

Privately held Fischer Homes, the nation’s 30th largest home builder, experienced unprecedented sales growth of 138%, on top of already robust 2020 results. Sales for the year are now up 38% over the prior year—reflecting surging demand across all the markets it operates in, with 1,570 homes sold in the first six months. Fischer Homes is already closing in on its July sales goal, with half of the month still to go.
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Uponor Launches 10 New ProPEX EP Pre-Made Reducing Tees

Uponor is adding 10 new reducing tee configurations to its ProPEX engineered polymer reducing tees portfolio, with the aim of eliminating the need for plumbing system designers and installers to fabricate composed tees on-site. This, according to the manufacturer, will allow professionals to reduce the time, money, and labor associated with fabrication, as well as streamline their overall build process.
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Learning and adapting along the way! Lita Dirks & Co. Interior Design

Designing to inspire dreams or visions of “how we would live here” in prospective home buyers is what interior designs/model merchandisers do. And now, more than ever, creating designs that inspire home-based entertaining is key.
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Taylor Morrison Debuts New Golf Community, Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch

Taylor Morrison, a leading national home builder and developer, is now selling new homes within Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch with eight new model homes open daily for touring. Located within the top-rated 31,000-acre Lakewood Ranch master-planned community, Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch features a collection of Tuscan-inspired homes, an array of planned resort-style amenities, and the community’s recently opened 18-hole championship golf course.
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Broan-NuTone bath fan with Bluetooth speaker

The Sensonic Grille from Broan-NuTone allows homeowners to transform a tired incandescent bath fan into an efficient LED light featuring a Bluetooth speaker.
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ECI | BuildTools - Live Webinar: Keep More Cash In Your Pocket - Wed Aug 5th, @1pm EST

Do you wait with bated breath to find out how much you’ve made (or lost) on a project when doing the final draw? Join us to find out how a construction management solution can solve your budget woes.
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