The difference between a custom and a production home can be recognized easily by the public and realtor community. But for Shaddock Homes – whose president, Peter Shaddock, started as a custom homebuilder – the difference is more difficult to detect. “What we do is we give people a custom home without charging a custom home price,” Shaddock emphasizes. “Shaddock Homes is a large-scale, custom homebuilding operation.”

As a veteran of the Southern California homebuilding market for more than 25 years, Van Daele Homes founder and President Mike Van Daele has been through a few cycles similar to the current recession. Even though the downturn in the housing market has resulted in a reduction in activity, Van Daele says the company has had the strength to pull through the previous recessions and it will pull through this one, as well.

There are not many who would immediately think of creating communities near a site of oilfield exploration. But for Dean Dovolis, a principal of Annabelle Homes and principal-CEO of DJR Architecture Inc., that sort of ingenuity has given him success as he has developed communities near the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota.

As the third-largest Arizona-based homebuilder, Miramonte Homes of Tucson, Ariz., has remained committed to building distinctive, quality communities throughout southern Arizona since 1993. Co-owners Chris Kemmerly and Steve Quinlan – who share the title of CEO – bring more than 50 years of real estate experience to the building process and have been honored with multiple awards for quality and design.

Van Metre Cos. says it has coped well with the downturns in the recession. In a business that is often filled with uncertainly, it is critical for Van Metre Cos. to stay flexible so it can evolve with the shifts in the marketplace, Brian Davidson says. “We are nimble enough to adapt and change with the market,” he says. “We [will] change if we think it is a good idea and makes good business sense.”

For Meritage Homes, green building is more than an industry trend. “When we talk about green, it’s about pioneering a new standard for homes and taking energy efficiency to the next level,” says Chris Presley, president of the national homebuilder’s Colorado division.

A background in real estate helps H&H Homes’ leadership understand what their customers are looking for in a new home. “We started on the sales and marketing side and became home builders, so we’re in touch with the customer – that’s our roots,” President Greg West says. “I think that explains some of our attention to detail and our ability to meet consumers’ expectations.”

 As a follow-up to the successful EnV luxury rental residence in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Lynd Development Partners has teamed up with LNR Property LLC for a second EnV – this time in Miami’s Mary Brickell Village. Located in the heart of Miami’s financial district, Mary Brickell Village offers an eclectic mix of upscale dining, shopping and entertainment options. The village-like setting with lush vegetation, water features and entertainment venues offers 195,000 square feet of retail space and two public plazas surrounded by mature oak and mahogany trees. Offering everything from Mexican to Asian, seafood to Italian Cuisine, Mary Brickell Village has become a dining and entertainment mecca for residents and visitors.

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