Getting Back to Normal

It appears that the long-anticipated recovery in the housing market may have finally arrived. Builders, architects and designers report feeling optimistic that business will take off in the coming months, based on increasing sales and a rise in client inquiries. Will you be ready to meet to the demand?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, its index measuring future sales expectations rose five points in April to its highest level of the year. The American Institute of Architects reports that among residential architects inquiries for new project activity have been strong, as have actual new projects. And a recent survey of members by the American Society of Interior Designers found that 70 percent were expecting growth this year, with more than half of the respondents reporting that they expect to grow between five and 15 percent on a year-over-year basis. Together, the trend points toward a return to something like pre-Recession business conditions by the end of the year.

Many firms have chosen to stay lean and mean while riding out the market slump and rollercoaster recovery post Recession. If yours is one of them, you may want to consider bringing on more staff to handle an increased load, broaden the firm’s skill base, or diversify your practice. Top talent is already being snatched up, and a crop of new design grads will be hitting the market in a month or two. Now is the time to take stock of your staffing needs.

Looking for that special someone to meet your firm’s specific needs? At DMC, we specialize in providing personalized, customized recruiting services. We work with you every step of the way to find candidates that best match your specific requirements. Our extensive industry sources give us access to highly skilled and professional individuals that you may not be able to find on your own. Contact me to learn more.

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