Posts Tagged ‘green homes’

By Building Experts Team

Back in November, as you’ll remember, President Obama extended the expiration date on the first time home buyer tax credit and sweetened the deal for those prospective buyers looking to step up their dwellings. April 30 is the new drop-dead date for the extended tax credit and it’s going to be here before we know it. The nation’s largest home builders are going out of their way to remind the public of the deadline, plastering the headlines on their Web site, but what are they doing to do keep the housing market active when it’s time to face reality?

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We’re beginning to see some home builders offering new features to keep homeownership in the minds of potential buyers, regardless of how an extension of the bill plays out. In early March, for example, Lennar Homes announced their plans to offer, standard, an energy efficient home package designed to cut energy usage by 40%. Home energy monitors, energy efficient appliances, and even rooftop solar paneling, are becoming built-in features. Beazer is offering up to an additional $8,000 on their eSmart high performance homes. Green homes are selling, and at higher prices.

 A Second Take on the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit ExpirationThe latest comes from KB Home. Just yesterday they announced plans to offer the option of pre-wired homes for charging electric cars as part of their Made to Order™ homes program. ”KB Home is building new homes that are relevant to the way homebuyers are living – now and in the future,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer of KB Home. “This is just one of many innovative and earth-friendly options that homeowners can choose from as part of KB Home’s Built to Order experience. It’s a great feature for homebuyers who currently drive electric cars, or for those who want to build their new home to accommodate these cars in the future.”

Knowing that time is running out, relatively speaking, it should be interesting to see how the factors of an economic upswing, marketing offerings from builders, and other variables combine to impact sale of new homes in this final 50-day stretch. Meanwhile, many will be waiting out the tax credit, as they expect prices will fall even further. What’s it going to take to save the housing industry?

By Building Experts Team

1013 45 banner build weeklyintel1 Weekly Intel: 2010 International Builders' Show Primer

The countdown to the 2010 International Builders’ Show (IBS) has begun.  Okay, it actually started a few months ago – now it’s crunch time.  All final preparations are being made and the assembly of the booths will begin this weekend.

 Weekly Intel: 2010 International Builders' Show Primer

As you get ready for the Show, here’s a list of things you can expect next week:

Also check out Builder Magazine’s 10 Things to Do at IBS article.  Even if you’re not attending, you can experience everything the Show has to offer thanks to social marketing.

More from us next week, including live updates, images and video.  Follow us from the Show on Twitter – @BuildIntel.

The Best of The Best of 2009

By Building Experts Team

Do you enjoy reading year in review recaps and lists?  Well we’ve collected some of the best covering various topics, from business to social media, and all of the building industry categories in between.

Personally, I don’t like to spend too much time dwelling on the past year, or any of the past years for that matter.  Sure, you can learn a lot by looking back, but the future is ahead of us.

I once heard a wise man say, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.” That wise man was Mike Ditka.  Here’s to a healthy and happier 2010.  Lets get after it.  Now enjoy the recap.

What Twitter and Facebook’s 2009 Trends Tell Us About Ourselves

Dumbest moments in business 2009

62 Innovative Green Homes of 2009

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Place Houses Prefab in the Pacific Northwest

USGBC Announces Recipients of 2009 LEED for Homes Awards

9 Tough Breaks For The Housing Industry in 2009

The Year in Home Builder Buzzwords 2.0

Looking back at 10 housing predictions for 2009. How did they fare?

A turbulent year for the multifamily industry

Top Green Architecture Stories of 2009

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2009 AIA Honor Awards

Interior Design Top News Stories of 2009

The 20 Most Popular Green Stories of 2009

19 Green Building Innovations of 2009

Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009

ENR Annual Photo Contest 2009: The Submissions

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Photo by Gary DeJolie

Digg’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2009

2009 As Seen Through Twitter Hashtags

Facebook Memology: Top Status Trends of 2009’s 10 Most Read Stories of 2009

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