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Dec 20 2016
Blog

The BuildFax team in Austin has just moved into the historic Heierman building in downtown Austin, which will serve as BuildFax’s headquarters. BuildFax continues operations out of their Asheville, NC office which buzzes with passionate permit people from the operational, data production, and engineering departments. “Moving into a larger headquarters reflects the rapid growth BuildFax is experiencing,” said … Continued

Nov 10 2016
Blog

  We recently compared commercial new construction and commercial remodeling over the course of the Great Recession. Based on the findings of our residential study, we suspected there might also be a similar trend in commercial construction. The results from this new study illuminate some interesting findings, especially as they relate to commercial lines. Additions, remodels, and alterations … Continued

Nov 3 2016
Blog

It’s been more than eight years since the Great Recession in which both commercial and residential construction took a hit. The drastic drop happened quickly, but where is the market headed now, specifically for the commercial space? We recently compared commercial new construction and commercial remodels over the course of the Great Recession. Based on … Continued

Oct 26 2016
Blog

  We recently compared residential new construction and residential remodeling permit activity over the lifecycle of the recent housing crisis. We found that residential remodeling activity has surpassed its pre-housing crisis peaks while new construction has barely kept up. “Given that we are looking at more than a decade of data,” said Holly Tachovsky, CEO at BuildFax, … Continued

Oct 20 2016
Blog

Just because a property doesn’t have any permits in its history doesn’t mean it has no story to tell. The absence of permit activity on a property can actually tell you a lot. Check out the infographic below to find out the kinds of spooky things you might find on a property like this.

Sep 29 2016
Blog

  To kick off the first day of Fall, the crew at BuildFax held our second RiverLink cleanup project of the year. We got a lot done this round including finding an old tire and a bunch of scrap metal.   The effort is part of the DMGT Green Year which BuildFax is participating in with pride and … Continued

Sep 20 2016
Blog

Recently on a hunch, we compared residential new construction and residential remodeling construction numbers over the lifecycle of the recent housing crisis. We suspected a lingering inequality trend between the two, and we found some pretty staggering results. For our study, we looked at just over thirty-seven million residential properties.     The hunch proved … Continued

Sep 15 2016
Blog

Does processing building permits all day sound boring to you? You might think that process seems a little dull, but it actually can be loads of fun. Because of the massive quantity of permits we bring in each month, we see a lot of wacky things come through. Some are as commonplace as replacing an outdoor deck – but others are … Continued

Sep 8 2016
Blog

Policyholders forget to inform their carrier about a lot of property upgrades. But there’s one upgrade we’ve seen a massive uptick in over the last few years that you may not have thought of. Solar. This puts your policyholders at risk for being underinsured.     Increased Exposure – Don’t Leave Your Policyholders Underinsured! These property … Continued