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Tips to Get Started on Your Exit Strategy

It’s never too early to begin planning the next stage of your life. Industry advisor Mark Richardson offers some tips to get started


Are You a Farmer or a Hunter?

Industry advisor Mark Richardson says that over the last year, there’s been a major shift in the remodeling business from a farming mentality to a hunting skill set

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Case Study: From zero to $3 million in a depressed market

How does a longtime builder of new homes survive in one of the most depressed housing markets in the country? By making the move to home-performance improvements.

WDMA, FMA announce formal affiliation agreement

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) today announced an agreement in principle to formally affiliate and eventually integrate operations.

William S. “Bill” Marvin named to Northwest Minnesota's IDEA Hall of Fame

The woods, lakes and fields of Northwest Minnesota have nurtured an impressive array of business visionaries. Among the giants was the late William S. “Bill” Marvin, who built Marvin Windows and Doors from a small lumberyard into one of the world’s premier window and door manufacturers. Bill Marvin’s exemplary career was recognized on April 25 with induction into the IDEA Hall of Fame.

NARI elects new officers for 2012-2013

During the spring 2012 House of Delegates meeting, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named immediate Past President Michael Hydeck, MCR, CKBR, of Hydeck Design Build in Telford, Pa., as its chairman of the board; Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR of Urban Herriges & Sons Inc. in Mukwonago, Wis., was also elevated to the office of president.

NKBA appoints Bill Darcy as new CEO

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) today announced the promotion of Bill Darcy to CEO.

Hands-on review: Kindle Fire for remodelers

The pros and cons of using the Kindle Fire in your remodeling business

Exterior/Replacement: 6 ideas for improving business now

Actionable tips that you can put in place today for an immediate payoff

Plan to have housing industry pay for payroll tax cut passes Senate

Two-month extension would be funded by tacking extra fees onto Fannie and Freddie mortgages

Remodeler of the Year: Anthony Home Improvements

Adaptability and a willingness to find a market make Anthony Home Improvements Remodeler of the Year

Mortgage rates at lowest in 50 years

Mortgage rates reached record lows last week, following the Federal Reserve’s recent policy statement and continued concerns over the European debt market. Rates on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage were at their lowest in 50 years, averaging 4.15 percent.

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