Housing slowdown affords builders a breather

Agility is key for small building company

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s no secret the housing market is slowing, said Tom Dobron, president and CEO for Innovative Communities, a builder based in the San Diego area.

The company, which has 86 employees, plans to take advantage of its small size and agility to successfully navigate the transitioning real estate market, he said.

Dobron is among a group of about 34,000 industry professionals who are attending a builders’ conference this week at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

They come here to network, catch up on the latest construction and buyer trends, sharpen their kno