Financials

Should you cash a final check marked “paid in full” if you dispute the amount that’s owed?  

Ritz Plumbing First Among Plumbers to Accept Bitcoin

Ritz Plumbing, one of the largest plumbing companies in Southern California, announced that it would be accepting Bitcoin from customers as a mode of payment for plumbing services.

James Hardie Building Products Named to Forbes’ List of Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America

The annual list developed by GMI Ratings is based on the accounting and governance behaviors of more than 8,000 publicly-traded companies in North America.

Craig Durosko, GMR, CR, CGP

In the first of a four-part series, below are seven of the 25 ways a remodeler can lose money.

2014 Market Leaders

This year’s Market Leaders are very optimistic about reaching their revenue goals in 2014. Slightly over 90 percent of the firms on this year’s Market Leaders list are projecting growth for 2014.

Professional Remodeler’s list of the leading remodelers in the top markets in the U.S.

The JCHS Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) for the first quarter 2014.

The JCHS Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) for the first quarter 2014.

As spending moves into the next phase, the JCHS expects to see recent double-digit growth tail off to its longer-term average in the mid-single-digit range.

Rider Levett Bucknall’s First Quarter 2014 USA Construction Cost Report.

Rider Levett Bucknall’s First Quarter 2014 USA Construction Cost Report.

Firm also reports that a lack of skilled labor over next eight years may be a concern.

Wolf's February 2014 KBI score of 70.29 reflects a significant jump from January 2014’s KBI of 64.73.

Wolf's February 2014 KBI score of 70.29 reflects a significant jump from January 2014’s KBI of 64.73.

Substantial jump points to continued optimism despite historically harsh winter.

 

Seventy five percent of large builders and remodelers reported an increase in project dollar size in 2013, roughly ten points higher than architectural firms with staff of six or more.

Firms expect revenue growth to come from both higher average revenue per project, as well as a larger number of projects.

Residential construction improvements put in place is expected to increase through 2018.

Trends worth watching in the residential markets include more scrutiny by investors looking to buy low and sell high, or rent distressed properties left over from the recession.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, declined 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.60 million in February from 4.62 million in January, and 7.1 percent below the 4.95 million-unit level in February 2013.

Home improvement saw a slight decrease of 0.4 percent for the month of January.

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