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    BuildZoom office burglary — $2500 reward — update!!

    Update: After our story was covered on ABC 7 News, we were contacted by a nearby startup that was burglarized on July 6th and July 13th. Comparing footage, it’s clear that the same person broke into both offices. Update 2: It appears that this woman is breaking into SF startups with a Doorking / DKS [...]

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    National construction activity grows 8% in April 2014

    The national construction industry took a step forward in April 2014, growing 7.94% over the past month based on our analysis of building permits issued across 90 US cities and counties.  This figure represented the highest count in 2014 to date, a positive indicator for an industry that had been negatively impacted during the winter [...]

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    Who is spending money on their homes (and how much are they spending)?

    To help illustrate some characteristics of consumers expenditures on home improvements, we took a closer look at the Joint Center for Housing Studies’ tabulations of the 2011 American Homeowner Survey, paying particular attention to expenditures based on household income. First, it should be noted that there are about 75 million owner-occupied units in the US. [...]

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    How much is spent on remodeling each year?

    When it comes to a rough approximation of the “remodeling industry,” the figure I hear most frequently is “around $300 billion annually.” To better understand this figure, we should first note that most estimates are based off some section of primary data gathered by the US Census, so this is a good place to start. [...]

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    Starting with AngularJS at BuildZoom

    Last week at BuildZoom, we rolled out the first feature built using the AngularJS JavaScript framework. Up to this point our app, which helps homeowners find remodeling contractors they can trust, had been primarily Ruby on Rails, with javascript written utilizing jQuery and (Twitter) Bootstrap. This was an exciting moment since a major reason for [...]

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    Vivint Solar: A closer look at an emerging player in the solar industry

    In our recent article on the growth in solar installation projects, we were surprised at how quickly Vivint Solar had grown in just a short amount of time.  Our data reveals that in just 18 months, they had become the second most active solar installation contractor in the nation. We decided to take a closer [...]

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    Solar industry grows 45% in 2013

    This past December, we published an article explaining the overall growth we observed within the solar industry. A quarter removed from 2013, we’ll take a look back at how solar installation performed in 2013. In 2013, we observed that the total number permits issued for solar projects, increased by 45% over the previous year. Nearly [...]

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    Atlanta construction on the rise

    Earlier this week, we reported that over the past three years, the city of Atlanta was one of the fastest growing local construction markets.  Today, we’re providing more details specific to Atlanta, based on our analysis of public building permit records. Overall, Atlanta construction has been steadily growing since hitting a 10-year low in 2009. [...]

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    Fastest growing construction markets in the US

    In February, we showed how the construction industry has experienced steady growth over the past several years.  To better understand where the market growth was happening, we drilled down to the city/county level to filter out the areas that have been consistently growing over the past three years. Here are the top ten: Several of [...]

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    Construction activity declines 6% in February

    The total number of building permits issued across the US in February 2014, represented a month-over-month decline of 6% after accounting for seasonal variability. The month-over-month decline was consistent between the commercial and residential sectors of the market. Drilling down, we see that many of the cities experiencing gains in February 2014 were in warmer [...]

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    What San Francisco can learn from Seattle when it comes to affordable housing

    The accessibility of housing in San Francisco has been an issue gaining steam over the past several years. Last December, Mayor Ed Lee announced an executive directive ordering relevant city departments to prioritize the permitting of new housing construction, including permanently affordable housing. In the ensuing coverage, frequent references were made to the situation in [...]

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    Contractors per capita in major US cities

    In February, Michelle Obama announced more than 100 companies in the construction industry committed to hiring over 100,000 veterans in the next five years.  To help understand where the US has the greatest need for contractors, we began investigating areas with the greatest supply/demand imbalances. To better understand supply, we calculated contracting businesses per capita [...]

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