Seattle Startup Throws Hardhat Into Home Improvement Arena | King5.com Seattle

Is that enough to build up a following against not only the likes of Porch.com and Angie’s List, but also the brick-and-mortar sources of home renovation such as Lowe’s and Home Depot? “A lot of companies are providing more of a lead generation services, trying to connect up consumers with a pro,” said CEOMatt Williams. “We’re much more about the actual act of getting a job done – what is it you’re trying to get done, how much money it will cost and then let’s help you find someone who’s the right person for the job.” Williams’s startup experience is another advantage for Pro.com; the Amazon alumnus is a former CEOof online news aggregator Digg. http://www.king5.com/news/technology/Seattle-startup-throws-hardhat-into-web-based-home-improvement-arena-260109321.html

Good Signs For Home Refinance And Repair – Business Insider

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Within the last day, both companies reported earnings, and while their first quarter results came in a bit mixed, their outlooks for the rest of the year were both upbeat. Yesterday morning, Home Depot reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 sales outlook and raised its profit view, though the company’s earnings per share are expected to be bolstered by $3.75 billion in share repurchases expected during the rest of the year. Lowe’s this morning reported first quarter sales that disappointed , but the company’s quarterly earnings and fiscal year outlooks were in-line with expectations. Lowe’s CEORobert Niblock,[p]erformance has improved in May which, together with our strengthening execution, gives us the confidence to reaffirm our sales and operating profit outlook for the year.” Lowe’s also said it expects operating profit margin to improve 65 basis points. Lowe’s shares opened fractionally lower, while Home Depot stock opened a bit higher. http://www.businessinsider.com/good-signs-for-home-refinance-and-repair-2014-5

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