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  • Sarah Palin TV Show Goes Maverick over Massive Automated Home

    02/18/2015 12:01:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Consumer Electronics Pro ^ | February 17, 2015 | Jason Knott
    Sound Concepts installs the largest Elan g! system ever in 43,000-square-foot home featured in 'Amazing America with Sarah Palin' and 'Clash of the Ozarks' cable TV shows. Home amenities include a tanning room, golf simulator and deer processing plant. How do you get your home or technology installation featured on national television? Make it enormous, make it impressive and create an original house that blows people away. Having recently appeared on both Discovery Channel’s “Clash of the Ozarks” and Sportsman Channel’s “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” this Arkansas residence has many unique and luxurious features, including the largest ELAN g!...
  • Why Renters are Not Buying Into the “American Dream” of Homeownership

    09/14/2014 10:35:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Bryan Ellis Investing Letter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Carole VanSickle Ellis
    We’ve all heard that millenials are the key to the housing recovery and that home prices are set to skyrocket just as soon as all the people renting or living in family homes (read: basements) get out, get married, get employed, and settle down in their new homes. However, for some reason, the estimates for when all this will happen just keep moving farther and farther out. In an effort to determine just what is delaying renters from becoming homeowners, the New York Federal Reserve conducted a Survey of Consumer Expectations to address the issue. The study found that while...
  • U.S. man 3D prints mini castle, sets sights on printing livable house

    09/03/2014 7:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CTV News ^ | September 3, 2014 | Jordan Chittley
    3D castle printed by Andrey Rudenko in Shorewood, Minnesota as seen at the end of August 2014. The castle is about 3.5 metres high.People have used 3D printers to print everything from medical devices to guns. But one Minnesota man is hoping to take this new technology to the next level and print a house. Andrey Rudenko, of Shorewood, Min., plans for the house to be about 10 metres by 20 metres. If it is two storeys, it will be about 3,600 square feet. And he is hoping to print the entire house in about a week. It would be...
  • First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More

    08/23/2014 2:35:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    Building site of the first ever 3D printed estate in Gardiner, New York. New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico DiniÂ’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints. We have covered a lot of news concerning the 3D printing of houses, over the course of the last year or so. Whether...
  • New giant 3D printer can build a house in 24 hours

    04/28/2014 3:38:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NDTV Gadgets ^ | January 13, 2014
    Scientists claim to have developed a revolutionary new giant 3D concrete printer that can build a 2,500-square-foot house in just 24 hours. The 3D printer, developed by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California, could be used to build a whole house, layer by layer, in a single day. The giant robot replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, which squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home based on a computer pattern, MSN News reported. It is "basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building," said Khoshnevis. 'Contour Crafting' is a...
  • Vicksburg sawmill lays off 80

    12/06/2012 8:35:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — About 80 employees at Anderson-Tully Company's sawmill operation at the Port of Vicksburg will be laid off by Jan. 4. The company tells the Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/TMsjgp ) that the move has been in the works for two months because of a depressed housing market. Company president Richard Wilkerson says a second shift is being dropped...
  • Manufactured homes are better than ever

    04/18/2010 3:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 2,744+ views
    The Daily Astorian ^ | April 14, 2010 | Marilyn Gilbaugh
    Wouldn't it be great to think you wanted to live in a trailer? That you chose it above all other housing? Well, the time is drawing near. Today's prefabricated homes are architecturally designed and fitted with all the latest gizmos and gadgets. And there are lots of people out there who know it. Introduced in the United States around 1870, manufactured homes have been around for a long time, and from all indications, are here to stay. Standards continue to improve and units are now frequently built to suit. It's an industry that is well positioned, providing affordable housing on...
  • Modular homes: Businessman wants to reframe buyers' thinking on construction

    10/20/2009 9:36:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 2,091+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 4, 2009 | Mary Ellen Podmolik
    It's hard to not be spellbound by the sight of half of a new house slowly swinging across the street and gently coming to rest on a precast concrete foundation. Raise the roof line, join the two sections, add a decorative facade, tidy up the entrance and it's almost ready for occupancy, right down to the sparkling bathroom mirrors and kitchen appliances. But would you want to live in a house that arrives on two flatbed trucks? Or would you feel your home sweet home is one front step away from living in a trailer? A California businessman with Chicago...
  • VEGAS EXODUS

    04/06/2008 9:31:42 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 79 replies · 154+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Apr 6, 2008 | Timothy Pratt
    Alejandro Salazar slumps into a cushioned seat halfway into the bus, looks out from under a baseball cap and thinks about a future more than a thousand miles away. He came to the Las Vegas Valley from Mexico five years ago to build houses, launching a run of $700-a-week paychecks that made it worth crossing the desert into the United States. But those weekly checks were whittled down to $200 over the past year; he sold his van and is returning to Aguascalientes. “At least I have family there,” he says, shrugging his shoulders. He has $60 in his jeans...
  • The boom goes bust (Canadian MP worries about our subprime crisis)

    03/31/2008 9:55:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 354+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | March 27, 2008 | Garth Turner, Member of Parliament
    Imagine listing your home for sale, but there are no buyers. You drop the price. Again. And again. The house across the street's now for sale. And the one two doors down, plus a dozen others in a two-block radius. Nothing's selling, and every time one home is reduced, all are affected. This property used to represent wealth. Now it's a wealth trap. Most of what you have is here, and with each day passed, it diminishes. Imagine your first home - a dream in granite and stainless. You bought it from the region's largest builder, for 1.5 per cent...
  • Americans Need More Room: Growing Appetite for Bigger Houses

    05/23/2007 9:39:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 362+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 23, 2007
    McMansions are sprouting in the suburbs of Washington and Atlanta, in southern Connecticut and out West in Utah as an appetite for bigger homes just keeps on growing. One in five American houses had at least four bedrooms in 2005. That's up from one in six in 1990, despite shrinking families and increasing costs for construction and energy. Houses with five or more bedrooms were the fastest-growing type in that time, adding to the nation's consumption of resources and reputation for excess. "In this country, bigger is better," said Gopal Ahluwalia, vice president of economic research at the National Association...
  • CA: (Home) Builders win rights to plastic pipes

    01/30/2007 7:23:21 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 57 replies · 1,573+ views
    Associated Press (via Long Beach Press Telegram) ^ | January 30, 2007 | Samantha Young
    SACRAMENTO - California homebuilders on Monday won the right to use less-expensive plastic water piping instead of copper, ending a two-decade-long battle against groups that warned of plastic's potential health hazards. Developers called the decision by the California Building Standards Commission a victory for consumers because it will reduce plumbing costs in new homes and when doing retrofits. "Forty nine other states use the product. We now have a 25-year history of this product in use," said Dennis Beddard, general counsel of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which drafted the regulation. "It clearly demonstrates this product can...
  • How KB Home CEO's pay went through the roof

    12/16/2006 11:23:46 PM PST · by jdm · 32 replies · 1,196+ views
    La Times ^ | Dec 17, 2006 | Kathy M. Kristof and Annette Haddad
    KB Home may be the fifth-largest U.S. home builder, but it was No. 1 when it came to pay for its chief executive. Over the last three years, former CEO Bruce Karatz made $232.6 million in compensation. That's nearly three times what the chief executives earned at Pulte Homes Inc. and Centex Corp., which are bigger and more profitable. Among the nation's 12 largest builders, Karatz's closest competition came from Robert Toll, the CEO of Toll Bros. Inc. He pulled in $138.7 million over three years — a sum that Karatz outdid by nearly 70%. Karatz, 61, retired under pressure...
  • WSJ: Shelby to the Rescue (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform)

    07/27/2005 5:01:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 425+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2005 | Editorial
    The doughty band of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reformers isn't beaten yet. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby plans to mark up a bill this week to protect taxpayers against the risky business of these "government-sponsored enterprises," and the question is whether he can coax enough skittish Republicans to pass it. The Alabama Senator's proposal is a quantum improvement over the non-reform that passed the House Financial Services Committee earlier this year. In particular, it would force Fan and Fred to reduce their portfolios of mortgage-backed securities, a source of great profit for the companies but also of significant...
  • Lubbock Habitat for Humanity Joins National King Celebration

    01/19/2004 5:22:08 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 119+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 01-19-04 | Glass, Ray
    Lubbock Habitat for Humanity joins national King celebration By RAY GLASS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will join a national effort to embrace cultural diversity, celebrate religious solidarity and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as it breaks ground today for its first "Building on a Dream" house. The 3 p.m. ceremony will be held on Dartmouth Street between North Vernon Avenue and North Avenue U in the Habitat community in North Lubbock. Jean Mallory, Lubbock Habitat church relations director, said construction of the house will begin after the group raises $40,000 and makes the final selection of...
  • Manufactured home maker cuts 1,000 jobs, facilities

    09/05/2003 8:19:42 AM PDT · by Brian S · 4 replies · 128+ views