In 1991, while working for a commercial construction information company, Dave and Ann Taylor moved to Orlando. In early 1992, they began receiving requests for information on building permits. With no service available, the Taylors used their years of experience in the industry to compile a residential permit report for the Orlando area. In May of 1992, Home Builders Weekly was born.
Soon thereafter, the report was enhanced by adding commercial construction permits; swimming pool permits were added as well.
By the end of 1992, several more counties were added to the Central Florida coverage. Over time, Home Builders Weekly grew to cover most of Florida along with the metro areas of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. More metro areas will be added in the near future.
In 2000, Home Builders Weekly was incorporated as HBW Inc. Headquartered in DeBary, Florida, with a full time editorial – office staff of 10 and over 40 reporters spread throughout the territories, permit data is gathered, edited and published each and every week.