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Three Questions to Put a Spring in Your Step

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Homebuilding - 0

Welcome to Spring. How’s it feel?

Pretty good for most of us, we’d say. Things are looking up for the building industry: this year, 73 percent of construction firms expect to hire new people to address demand. It’s a hopeful environment, a reassuring one.

And while you should stop and smell the roses, you should also look forward.  An upward-trending year is the perfect time to examine your situation and plan for the year ahead. Much like how New Year’s is the perfect time to set a resolution.

And like New Year’s, such plans often fail to bear fruit. Why, and what can you do? In a new article for Builder, Clark Ellis – principal at Continuum Advisory Group – explores that dilemma.

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Decision Making for Homebuilders | Deadlines that Matter (Video 3 of 3)

Posted on July 27, 2016 in Homebuilding - 0
In the homebuilding industry, there is an unfortunate phenomenon in the 4th quarter. It is an intense time when up to 60% of units are closed in just a few months. Partners are pushed to their limits, employees work long hours, and your entire team goes into the holidays drained.

At Continuum Advisory Group, we call this phenomenon the 4th Quarter Fire Drill. It is a natural consequence of bad habits. Like any bad habits, these can be unlearned and prevented.

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Fighting Fires Before They Start

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Homebuilding - 0

The 4th quarter is a time most homebuilders should be coasting to a smooth finish. It’s a time to prepare a new budget, brainstorm new strategies, and learn from the highs and lows of the past twelve months.

Unfortunately, this period often finds homebuilders struggling to finish homes in an effort to save their bottom line. The delays and procrastination from prior months come crashing down into a hectic, fiery December.

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Money Ball for Homebuilders

Posted on April 15, 2015 in Homebuilding - 0 comments - 0

At Continuum, we get a little excited when baseball starts. We love the game, and of course the weather that comes along with it. If you’re in the same boat, our recent Big Builder article is for you. We see a big opportunity for builders to transition their strategy to a “small ball” approach, one that has seemed to work well for MLB teams in the post-steroid era (see the San Francisco Giants).

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Big Builder “Survivor or Victim” Series: Competition and Capital

Posted on November 6, 2014 in Homebuilding - 0 comments - 0

Survivors Proactively Structure the Capital Sourcing Process to Fit their Requirements While Victims React to What is Offered

Banks are re-entering the market and are looking for new customers. Funds have been raised and investors are looking for opportunities to achieve strong returns. The question is how builders will handle the situation.

Here is the latest installment of Continuum Advisory Group’s Survivor or Victim series, published on Hanley Wood’s BuilderOnline.com, Turning the Tables: Get Capital Sources to Compete to Work With You.

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Construction-related degrees land graduates among the highest median pay ranges

Posted on October 1, 2014 in General Industry - 0 comments - 0

As our industry recovers from the “Great Recession” and student debt grows, the construction industry rates as a strong educational investment. Recent research conducted by The Hamilton Project analyzed Census Bureau data to compare lifetime earnings of different college majors. Not surprisingly, engineering fields ranked the highest. Included in those are electrical, mechanical, civil, and general engineering, as well as construction services  — all majors that are well represented in the construction industryCompetition for top talent is intensifying, so leading firms and organizations in the building and construction industries need to make sure that this theme gets airplay. Adding to this data, the fact that the building and construction industries provide some of the best entrepreneurial opportunities as well, paints a picture of opportunity and excitement for construction industry careers in the 21st century. 

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Big Builder “Survivor or Victim” Series: Part 1

Posted on September 15, 2014 in Homebuilding - 0 comments - 0

While Trade Capacity Concerns Take A Breather, Smart Builders Take Advantage

How well do you know the supply base in your market or markets? Are you controlling the best resources or are you taking second or third best as compared to your competitors? As demand recovers, the ability to control the best trades and crews within those trades is a significant competitive advantage. How will you take advantage of this opportunity and how will you mitigate your exposure to this threat?

Part 1 of Continuum Advisory Group’s Survivor or Victim series, published on Hanley Wood’s BuilderOnline.com, addresses these questions. Read the full post here.

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