new construction in philadelphia: Local Home Builders Association 2013 Awards - 05/16/13 09:25 PM
2013 Synergy Awards
In April the Synergy Awards were held to honor the best in the new construction industry.  It was a joint event held by the Bucks-Montgomery and Chester-Del Home Builders Association.  Close to 300 members attanded at Columbia House in Phoenixville.
It was a great time, an opportunity to catch-up with old friends and make some new acquantances.  Winners came from both big and small companies such as Toll Brothers which won for Best National Builder Website to Reneham Building Group for Best Residential Renovation from $500,000 - $750,000.  Over 80 awards were handed out in all.
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new construction in philadelphia: Housing Affordability - 1st Quarter 2013 - 05/14/13 09:32 PM
Housing Affordability - 1st Quarter 2013
 
Nationwide housing affordability held near historic highs in this year’s first quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released yesterday.
 
In all, 73.7 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $64,400. This is down slightly from the 74.9 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the final quarter of 2012.
 
“Thanks to very favorable mortgage rates and prices, housing affordability has remained … (1 comments)

new construction in philadelphia: The Confidence of Remodelers Is Still At a High Level - 04/28/13 09:57 PM
The Confidence of Remodelers Is Still At a High Level

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) (measures Remodelers Confidence) was slightly down in the first quarter but is at the third highest reading since the first quarter of 2006. Concerns about the costs of building materials and labor helped drive the index down six points to 49. On a positive note, all categories of remodeling in owner-occupied homes achieved a reading of 51 or better in the latest report, meaning that more remodelers reported improving activity.

Repairs and minor additions are currently the strongest categories of business for remodelers as homeowners … (3 comments)

new construction in philadelphia: Builders Concerned About Construction Costs - 04/15/13 09:38 PM
Builders Concerned About Construction Costs
 
April 15, 2013 - Facing increasing costs for building materials and rising concerns about the supply of developed lots and labor, builders registered less confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April than in March.
 
“Many builders are expressing frustration over being unable to respond to the rising demand for new homes due to difficulties in obtaining construction credit, overly restrictive mortgage lending rules and construction costs that are increasing at a faster pace than appraised values,” said Rick Judson, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman and a home builder … (4 comments)

new construction in philadelphia: 1672 Square Foot Home Wins National Design Award - 04/10/13 07:09 AM
1672 Square Foot Home Wins National Design Award
I am amazed that this year's winner of the 2012 Gold Award for Best Architectural Design for a Single Family Detached Home Under 2,500 Square Feet was The Siena at Laguna Altura in Irvine, California built by Irvine Pacific. 
I am not surprised by the builder; Irvine Pacific is terrific, nor the house- it is gorgeous.  I am just amazed that a home close to 900 square feet below the maximum requirement had enough to offer to win!
As a former builder and home designer, I never would have thought such an … (4 comments)

 
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