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    Put Your Construction Business Purchasing Systems to Work

    In July we discussed the basics of a purchasing system, and how it can help you control costs and improve the quality of your projects.

     
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    Control Costs With a Purchasing System

    For the past several columns we've been talking about the importance of gross profit and contribution margin, or the amount that each job "contributes" toward overcoming your annual fixed overhead expenses and reaching your profit target.

     
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    Make More Money By Controling The Growth Of Your Building Business

    When I was a young builder in the early '80s, there was an old-timer in town who worked with a couple of his sons, a small crew, and a handful of good local subcontractors.

     
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    Convoluted Layers in the Lighting Supply Chain

    How and why it came to be this way.

     
  • JLC Report (Subscriber content)

    Outsourcing paperwork with a PEO; high-school building program faces closure; defective-drywall guide raises eyebrows; more

     
  • Four Alternatives to the Competitive Bidding Process

    A recent experience got me thinking about the competitive bid process.

     
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    Protecting Profits in Your Construction Business

    Let's begin this month by reviewing some basic financial concepts and benchmarks.

     
  • Faster Time Tracking (Subscriber content)

    This automated time clock can speed payroll, improve job-costing, and help you estimate more accurately.

     
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    Budgeting for Your Marketing, Sales, and Project Starts

    Budgeting for your marketing, sales, and project starts

     
  • Pop Quiz: Q&A With Freddie Mac's Mike May

    Apartment Finance Today recently sat down with Freddie Mac's Mike May to get his perspective on the competitive landscape, both against chief rival Fannie Mae and the private sector, as well as the company's plans for 2011.

     
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    Use Excel to Budget Next Year's Project Mix

    Take some pain out of the yearly exercise of creating your jobs budget

     
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    Temporary Fix

    THE PAST FEW YEARS haven't been great for apartment owners. Turns out corporate housing companies have had it just as bad.

     
  • Using the NAHB Chart of Accounts to Organize Your Business Finances

    Here's an effective way to organize and categorize expenses and job-cost data and compare the results with your forecasts.

     
  • Michael Berman: CWCapital to Grow Platform, Enact 'Whole New Vision'

    In a wide-ranging interview, Michael Berman, president and CEO of CWCapital, discusses his company's acquisition by Fortress Investment Group, the state of the multifamily market, and his work in helping to shape our nation's future housing finance system as chairman-elect of the Mortgage Bankers...

     
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    If Time Is Money, How Can I Control the Clock?

    Knowing how many jobs you need to complete and collect for on a monthly and quarterly basis is critical to meeting the financial goals you set for the period. But how do you know on a week-by-week — or even day-by-day — basis whether your jobs are moving you toward the goal line?

     
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    How a Remodeler Survived the Housing Bust

    Unlearning bad habits picked up during the boom years is the first step to recovery.

     
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    Jacks of All Trades

    OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, many multifamily CFOs added a new, albeit unfortunate, bullet point to their resumes: “loan workout specialist.” Some could probably also add: “crisis management expert.

     
  • Capture Rate

    TO PARAPHRASE AN OLD QUESTION: If prospective residents call and nobody hears them, do they still make a sound?

     
  • Multifamily Developers Make Moves to Round Out Their Business Models

    Throughout the recession, many multifamily builders diversified to survive, positioning themselves for long-term stability.

     
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    Strategic Budgeting and Your Break-Even Volume

    Take a look at your “break-even volume,” which is the bare-minimum volume of work that you need to complete (and get paid for) in order to keep your doors open.

     
 
 
 
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