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Weber O’Brien at the International Builders’ Show, January 10-12, 2017

Have you heard? Dave O’Brien and Jim Weber will be presenting at the International Builders' Show, January 10-12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  Here is a quick look at their presentations this year:

Read full post  |  Posted by on 11.10.16


The New Overtime Rules

The New Overtime Rules issued by the Department of Labor regarding the overtime eligibility is still set to go into effect December 1, 2016.

The House introduced and passed legislation, H.R. 6094, which would delay the overtime rules for a six-month period, but it has yet to be heard by the Senate and likely will be delayed until after the election. Therefore, we recommend proceeding with your plan to address this change within your company.
 

Read full post  |  Posted by on 11.03.16


HOW BUILDERS VIEW LENDERS

A recent survey of builders, developers, remodelers, and subcontractors by TD Bank found that U.S. builders value their partnerships with loan officers and rely on them to help close sales.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 10.27.16


Home Building Has Room To Grow

NAHB economist Robert Dietz looks at the economic growth potential of residential construction.

The economy got off to a soft start in 2016. Growth rates for the first quarter (0.8%) and the second quarter (1.2%) were disappointing, and NAHB has marked down its forecast for overall growth in 2016 to 1.6%. This would make 2016 the weakest year since 2011. Economic activity associated with investment has been weak for the past three quarters, due to energy sector declines and reduced business investment.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 10.27.16


Breakeven analysis helps with business choices

Breakeven analysis is an important and useful tool in business. Whether you're starting a new business, expanding current operations, contemplating an acquisition, downsizing, or approaching banks and other potential lenders, you'll want to know your breakeven. 

Read full post  |  Posted by R. David O’Brien on 10.27.16


OSHA: tips to make your OSHA exam potentially less painful

Construction companies and medical patients have something in common. A doctor entered an exam room to discuss with a patient the results of tests on his kidneys. “Your kidneys are fine,” he said. “However, if we run enough tests we’re going to find something, somewhere, and we may have found a different problem.”  That test turned out negative as well, but the process is descriptive of what construction companies deal with when engaged with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA has one job, per its website description, which is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”

Read full post  |  Posted by on 10.27.16


ZILLOW: MILLENNIALS BEGIN TO DRIVE HOUSING MARKET…

Largest study of its kind reports that the young are approaching home ownership with both savviness and caution.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 10.20.16


THREE STEPS TO STREAMLINING ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS

Permitting mistakes raise costs and cause delays and new legal uncertainties could add to that risk.

By Brian Farrar, Gen. (ret) Bruce Berwick

--Remember that preparation involves tomorrow as much as today. More than a few home builders have been frustrated when their applications were delayed due to circumstances occurring after the applications were submitted. Provisions in the Endangered Species Act offer a good example of how this can happen. Every application to the Corps must address a project’s impact on endangered or threatened species.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 10.20.16


How Employee Expenses Are Deducted

Questions on how to claim deductions for expenses you incur in connection with your employment? The expense include those for local transportation (other than commuting), business meals and entertainment (at 50% of cost), travel away from home, supplies, educations, etc.

Read full post  |  Posted by James F. Weber on 10.20.16


Qualified Conservation Contributions

If you are conservation -minded and own real property, you may be able to claim a charitable deduction by placing conservation   restrictions on the property, while you continue to use the property and enjoy it. This can be done through a "qualified conservation   contribution." Here's how it works:

To qualify, you must grant an easement   on the property in perpetuity to a charitable organization or governmental unit that is committed to protecting the gift's conservation   purpose and has the resources to enforce the restrictions. Conservation groups generally qualify.

Read full post  |  Posted by James F. Weber on 10.20.16


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