Friday, October 5, 2012

FREE three day exhibit hall admission for the 2012 Remodelling Show

The annual Remodeling Show is a national trade show, educational conference, and networking event. This year the event is held October 9th-12th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The show will feature installation clinics, interactive workshops, and exhibitor led product presentations among hundreds of exhibit booths and is hosted side by side with Deck Expo.
The show kicks off with Business Skills Boot Camps for small to mid-sized remodeling firms and will hold a Remodelers Gala held on October 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For complete details on classes and many other social functions at the show visit the show website by clicking here and remember to use code NAHB for a free three day exhibit hall admission.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

FREE Webinar through BDX 10/10/2012 and 10/22/2012

The Builders Digital Experience or BDX is hosting free webinars this month to help you build your business through their research and advertising strategies. This months topics include Innovative Builder Advertising Strategies For 2013 and Home Buyer Insights- The latest research,trends,and learning.
Listed below is the information on how to register and the system requirements for your pc to get the most out of the webinar.
Join us for a Webinar on October 10
As you plan your marketing initiatives for 2013, you won't want to miss this informative webinar on the trends and latest technologies in online advertising. Our expert, Thane Tennison will walk you through:
  • Key elements for banner ads that are proven to work -- from creative design to ad placement – we’ll make sure you’re armed with the best information.
  • Ad Retargeting: How can you capture those shoppers who are actively searching for new homes.
  • Video Ads: Stand out online with your most engaging content.
  • Mobile Advertising: The world is going mobile... is your advertising following? AND MORE!
Title: FREE WEBINAR: Innovative Builder Advertising Strategies For 2013
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees 
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer 

Mobile attendees 
Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
AND on October 22
Join Hanley Wood's Jonathan Smoke and BDX’s Tim Costello as they unveil the results of a recently completed, comprehensive survey of home buyers.  As you plan  for 2013, you will want to hear about: 

:: What home buyers are looking for in a new home -- floor plans, amenities and more. 
:: How to position your homes -- what messages resonate. 
:: What events trigger a buyer to purchase a new home. 
:: How changes to the home buying timeline will affect your marketing. 
:: Our plans to invest millions of dollars to promote new home advantages with a new “Don’t Buy A To-Do. Buy New.” campaign.
FREE WEBINAR: Home Buyer Insights -- The latest research, trends and learning.
Monday, October 22, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NAHB publishes survey on the cost of constructing a single family home

Every home builders gets the question.  So does their HBA.  "How much per square foot does is cost to build a house?"  The answer is in a report by NAHB: $80 per square foot plus the cost of the land, and other non-construction expenses.

According to NAHB's report, the average price of a new single-family home in 2011 was $310,619, down from $377,624 in 2009.  The cost of construction accounted for 60 percent of the final sales price, and the cost of the finished lot accounted for 22 percent of the final sale price.  The average size of a new single-family home in 2011 was 2,311, down from 2,716 in 2009.

Think home builders are making a lot of money building homes?  The average profit per house was 6.8 percent of the final sales price in 2011.

Read the entire report at Eye One Housing by clicking here.

Michelle Usher named one of Greenville's "25 Most Beautiful Women"

Michelle Usher
TALK magazine named Michelle Usher, Vice President of Marketing of Addison Homes, one of Greenville's "25 Most Beautiful Women."  Talk Magazine is published by the Greenville News. 

TALK magazine compiles the list every October and honors women for both their outward appearance and their dedication to making Greenville a lovelier, livelier place.

Usher was named for her efforts on behalf of the environment, women, and children.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Cottage Group LLC Opens, Announces 'All American' Southern Living Showcase Cottage Opening Spring 2012

GREER, SC – Tom Dillard and his team have opened The Cottage Group, LLC, a new residential construction company serving the buyer than desires a quality custom home with a smaller footprint.

A sister company of Dillard-Jones Builders, The Cottage Group offers a growing collection of house plans that includes the company’s own Cottage Group portfolio along with some of the most popular Southern Living house plans ranging from 2,000 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Many of the company’s plans will be for sale from the Southern Living House Plans website.

A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, The Cottage Group will present an All American Southern Living Showcase Cottage in Spring 2013 in Greenville, with a goal that 95% of the products used in construction of the home be made in the U.S.A.

The 2,400-square-foot home will feature ample outdoor living space including a wrap around sitting porch on the front, with a screened porch and second sitting porch on the rear of the home. The three-bedroom home features a master suite on the main level, with two upper level bedrooms separated by a loft overlooking the lower level living room. The exterior will be Hardie siding on a brick foundation.

“We believe homebuyers can have a quality custom home the hassles of the typical custom home build process,” said Tom Dillard, president of The Cottage Group, LLC. “The Cottage Group was formed to serve sophisticated buyers who want a high quality home, but do not need or want the extra square footage.”

The Cottage Group is dedicated to building smaller footprint homes that are defined by thoughtful design and attention to detail. Homes will feature quality craftsmanship and materials primarily found in larger homes such as brick, stone and Hardie exteriors, and inside features such as granite countertops and stainless appliances. Floor plans are flexible, giving buyers the opportunity to have a unique home that reflects where they live and the way they live.

For more information, call (864) 640-0111 or visit

The Cottage Group, LLC is a sister company of Dillard-Jones Builders, which specializes in custom residential construction ranging from the $500,000’s to more than $2 million. The Cottage Group LLC is a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, an invitation-only network of approximately100 custom homebuilders throughout the South. A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program since 2007, Dillard-Jones Builders was named Southern Living’s Builder Member of the Year in 2009 and 2011, the only two-time winner of the prestigious national award.

Southern Living, a premier lifestyle and entertainment magazine of the South, is among the largest monthly consumer magazine in the United States, reaching nearly 16 million readers each month with a circulation of about 2.8 million. The magazine’s website,, is the leading online resource for people who love the Southern lifestyle, created by a team of experts on Southern food, gardens, home design, travel, and healthy living.