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NADRA chapters and New Jersey annual Deck Competition
Both the Atlanta and New Jersey chapters of NADRA held successful holiday celebrations! We hope to see more pictures posted to our social media outlets in the days ahead. Thank you to all of our members who attended these fun events. The New Jersey chapter of NADRA is gearing up to launch their annual Deck Competition! Details will be announced very soon and registration for both the deck comp and awards dinner will be opening any day. For more information, or for sponsorship details, you can email or call us direct at: 215.679.4884. Get your photos ready!
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Millennials settling down, baby boomers staying put
By Michael J. Berens
Two factors drive the housing market: the economy and demographics. At the moment, both are trending in favor of realtors and builders. Industry experts are forecasting a stronger housing market for 2015, with millennials and boomers being major players. The National Association of Realtors predicts a 3 percent growth in GDP for next year and a 3 percent increase in household income. Together these economic improvements would help unleash the pent-up demand for home purchases.
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Construction materials prices fall nearly 1 percent in November
Construction input prices fell again in November, down 0.8 percent for the month, according to the Dec. 12 producer price index release by the Department of Labor. Prices have fallen in five of the past six months but still are 0.6 percent higher on a year-over-year basis. Inputs to nonresidential construction fell 1.1 percent and are unchanged from the same time last year.
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US home builder confidence declined slightly in December
A gauge of home-builder sentiment ticked down this month, the latest mixed signal for the U.S. housing recovery. An index of builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes fell by one point to a seasonally adjusted level of 57 in December, the National Association of Home Builders said.
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Kitchens go outdoors with fire pits, rings, tables
The Associated Press via Times Union
Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too.
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10 local marketing predictions for 2015
2015 promises to be another interesting year in the fast-changing local online marketing space. We have just seen the rollout of Amazon Local Services and can expect numerous other companies to jump into the fray. Technology providers jostling for a bigger slice of the local pie will keep raising their game by offering better and more comprehensive services to help small businesses.
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5 ways to make holiday marketing a year-round activity
The Huffington Post
While most people are busy shopping, decorating and celebrating during the holidays, many small business owners are focused on attracting new customers and securing repeat business to end the year strong. Here are five ways that you can focus on improving business during the holiday season, and tips on how to continue these activities even after every gift has been opened and the leftovers are gone.
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3 tricks for conquering your fear of public speaking
Rita Barber remembers having to stand with one ankle wrapped around the other just to keep her legs from shaking when she spoke in front of a group. “I don’t know what they must have thought about me, looking like a pretzel, but that was the only way I could even begin to do a four- to six-minute speech,” Barber said.
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