Friday, May 14, 2010

Major New Jersey Builders using Non-Union Labor

RealtorMag reports that major home builders, many of whom build and develop in our part of central New Jersey, are turning toward non-union labor to help control home costs.  Major builders privately estimate that working with non-union labor can reduce building costs by 20 percent.

Major home builders like Pulte Group Inc., K Hovnanian Companies, and D.R. Horton Inc. previously stuck with union workers because the unions could deliver quality workers en masse. Today, with planned numbers of new homes drastically reduced, there’s little need for large groups of workers.  The trend is strongest in the midwest, in cities such as St Louis and Chicago.

"This is where Chicago is going in the residential suburban market," said Ron Martin, Chicago-area president of Columbus, Ohio-based M/I Homes Inc. "The companies that try to hold onto the union are likely to go commercial, break union rules or be out of business."

To find out where in Mercer County NJ and surrounding areas you can find a new home, for what prices, and who the builders are, give me a call.

Joe Giancarli, Sales Associate

(source:  Chicago Tribune, Mary Ellen Podmolik (05/09/2010)

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