If you’re trying to predict the future, you might want to read this first
According to Tom Koulopoulos of Inc. magazine, for the next few weeks the Web will be littered with predictions for what 2015 will bring. But what if he told you that rather than trying to predict the future, you’re better off just building it?
A bit cliche? Perhaps. But time and again he’s found that trying to predict the many forces shaping the future is like trying to predict a tsunami; your best bet isn’t hanging out on the shoreline to see if you were correct, but rather building the capabilities to withstand it and–for truly great innovators–to surf it.
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Drugs, sex, excess — the home design industry is rife with stories that will blow your mind, or at least leave you scratching your head. According to Mitchell Parker, Houzz editorial staff writer, if you meet a home design professional at a dinner party, don’t walk away. Stay put and you may hear some of the strangest, most entertaining stories you’ve ever heard. Like the one about an interior designer’s client who secretly fed him marijuana brownies. Or the client who wanted an underground tunnel just to drive his Hummer in. Or the client who wanted two toilets facing each other so he could share everything with his dating partners.
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You hear people say that houses just aren’t built the way they used to be, that true craftsmanship is a thing of the past. Is it true? Marilyn Lewis of MSN Real Estate asked experts — a homebuilder, an engineer and two materials scientists — if new homes today match up to those built by our grandfathers, and their grandfathers. Their answers were surprising.
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Smart contractors and remodelers realize homeowners want a project to reflect their unique style and taste, and that’s especially true when it comes to exteriors. Siding dominates the outside of a home due to sheer mass, and therefore the choice of materials, texture and design of a re-side makes a statement about that homeowner. The choice of siding color is equally important.
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For the past three years, remodeling spending has continued to increase partly due to a consistent number of kitchen and bath projects. In 2011, remodeling spending was $276 billion for homeowner and rental improvement repair, $284 billion was spent in 2012, and 2013 was projected to hit $317 billion by the end of the year, according to the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
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As residents of one of the very first suburban areas in the nation (Levittown which started construction in 1947), our million plus housing units are aging along with our population. With mortgage rates slowly increasing and home values still stagnant, many Long Islanders are opting to renovate, rather than move.
That leaves thousands and thousands of homeowners who need new windows, doors, etc., but may not necessarily have the budget for a major renovation. They want to make the most of increased energy efficiency, but don’t want a major disruption. Continue reading ‘Are You Missing Sales Opportunities To Already Pre-qualified Customers?’
Looking toward 2014 already? See what social media trends are coming over the horizon. Some networks are here to stay and will continue to grow, while others are already stale. Determine where you should budget your time in the upcoming fiscal year now…
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According to an article posted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University on January 16, 2014 in Cambridge, MA, the home remodeling market should see strong growth in 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The double-digit gains in annual home improvement spending projected for the first half of the year should moderate some to just under 10 percent by the third quarter.
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Despite the Federal government’s best intentions, the U.S. economy is finishing the year strong, and both the local and national housing markets are in good shape. That deserves a big THANK YOU to YOU – for it’s you, not the squabbling members of Congress, who are getting the job done!
As we finish out this year and look toward the next, we’re optimistic, and so are others. “The cards are in play for a decent and fairly strong recovery in 2014, and particularly in 2015,” said National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe. “From the standpoint of GDP growth, housing has been a plus, growing at two, three and four times the rate of the rest of the economy in recent quarters.”
As we approach the New Year, we want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season, and wish you and your business associates a successful and profitable 2014.
We look forward to working with you again next year on all your building and remodeling projects.
Happy Holidays from your building material supply partner.
In our culture we like to super-size everything – from our meals to our drinks, even our storms. Now, economists – lumber experts in particular – have attached the adjective to the wood products market, referring to the current supply and demand conditions as a “super-cycle,” which could result in record prices for lumber and panel products in 2014.
The report, released by Wood Markets, “The Solid Wood Products Outlook: 2013-2017,” examines an overall tightening of the global timber supply base, but forecasts that it’s mainly in North America where scarcities will be felt. What has caused (or will cause) supply constraints? The answers are many and varied and reach back a number of years, setting the stage for where we are now. Continue reading ‘Are Lumber Prices Set To Soar?’