Opportunities Abound in Cross-Laminated Timber

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings are poised to become a more familiar face in our local communities in the coming year.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings are poised to become a more familiar face in our local communities in the coming year.In an era where consumers are constantly connected to technology, and a world that’s overwhelmed by the daunting challenge of global warming, the desire to reconnect with tangible, high-quality products is at an all-time high. Commercial building owners and tenants everywhere are seeking the look and feel of old materials — the natural warmth that historic brick and timber buildings provide. Unfortunately, getting that look isn’t always easy unless a building has beautiful bones, is in the right neighborhood, and just waiting to be restored. What if the built environment could offer a reduced carbon footprint, be on the cutting edge of technology and also reflect the “craft” quality of natural materials that we so desire? While not a new method of construction, cross-aminated timber (CLT) buildings are poised to become a more familiar face in our local communities in the coming year.

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Discovering Uniqueness: A Key to Better Branding

Homebuyers are thinking more like consumer product buyers, focusing on ‘why’ they’re buying in addition to ‘what,’ experts say.

Homebuyers are thinking more like consumer product buyers, focusing on ‘why’ they’re buying in addition to ‘what,’ experts say.We are a culture of branding, from big name brands to the personal branding sought by everyone from reality stars to everyday job seekers.

It is in this environment that developers of housing, from multifamily projects to planned communities and custom builds, rely on branding to make the proverbial sale. The identity will convey just the right positioning while also being memorable and, eventually, recognizable.

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2016's Top 10 Cities for First-Time Homebuyers

The Money Source has released a list of 10 of the most attractive cities for first-time homebuyers in 2016.

The Money Source has released a list of 10 of the most attractive cities for first-time homebuyers in 2016.The Money Source, a nationwide correspondent lender, has released a list of 10 of the most attractive cities for first-time homebuyers in 2016.

The list is based on the company’s review of over 70,000 loan applications as well as cityspecific data like median home prices, unemployment rates and quality of life. The cities on the list are:

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