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Some Lowe’s employees are wearing exoskeletons to work

“Lowe’s is committed to exploring opportunities that improve the workplace experience. As a way to support our employees, we found a unique opportunity to collaborate with Virginia Tech to develop one of the first retail applications for robotic exosuits,” Lowe’s … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s homes to be built by robots

Just like everyone else, the construction industry is turning to automation. A new report on Bloomberg.com notes that modular factories are saving American developers both time and money while filling in the labor gap. An example the authors of the … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Embrace Disruptive Technologies

Technology has changed everything from information sharing and media to entire economic sectors, spurring enormous efficiencies in such industries as manufacturing, financial services and entertainment. Yet in real estate, builders, developers and brokerages alike have been relatively slow to adopt … Continue reading

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How Do I Engage With Customers on Instagram?

    Instagram is primarily a visual platform, used to share photos and videos. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use text to connect with customers on Instagram. One way to engage your followers is to post a photo along … Continue reading

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METROINTELLIGENCE ECONOMIC

Pending home sales in March maintained their recent high level, but momentum slackened slightly in most of the country as dearth supply weighed on activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the South saw an uptick in contract … Continue reading

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Trump’s Tax Proposal Means For The Housing Market

Last week the White House released what it is calling a “first draft” of President Donald Trump’s promised tax-cut plan. The outline, which fits on a single page, largely adheres to pledges Trump made on the campaign trail, as well … Continue reading

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Building Trades Warranty Report

Unlike most other industries, in the new home construction business, the builders have lower warranty expense rates than many of their suppliers. But the makers of appliances and heating/cooling systems are now cutting their costs and narrowing the gap between … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Save Time & Post Great Content on Facebook

It takes just a few hours every week to keep your Facebook page full of fresh content. Learn how to market your small business without wasting your time. According to the Pew Research Center, 68% of all U.S. adults use … Continue reading

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HOUSING STARTS UP 3% IN FEBRUARY

Housing starts were up 3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,288,000 in February, 6.2% ahead of the pace of the same month last year, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Single-family housing starts surged 6.5% to a rate of … Continue reading

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FANNIE HPSI REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased by 5.6 percentage points in February to 88.3, a new all-time high, the Government Sponsored Enterprise said Tuesday. Five of the six components that comprise the HPSI were up, and three … Continue reading

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