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Successful New Home Design Trends

Here are 4 of the 10 trends our DesignLens team published this month, to give you a taste of what buyers are looking for in new homes that they cannot find in the resale market: More light in high-density housing …

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Using Outdoor Spaces

One of the most profitable new design trends we are seeing this year is some very creative use of outdoor space to bring light into the house and to expand the feel of the home’s size. This has resulted in …

New Home Construction Is Gearing Up for a 15-Year Boom. Who’s Ready?

If you want an industry with a great long-term outlook, consider construction. I have run the math. Even with the most conservative of assumptions, household formations will boom over the next 15 years, and we will need well in excess …

Creative High-Density Detached Urban Infill

Our urban infill feasibility business is booming, thanks to a confluence of trends that are creating heightened interest in high-density single-family detached urban infill housing deals: Gas expense. Uncertainty over gas prices and a growing desire for shorter commutes Time …

Part-Time Labor a Full-Time Challenge?

If you follow the US unemployment headlines (currently at 5.5%), you likely think that jobs have fully recovered. What if I told you that we are still 7 months away from peak full-time employment and that the unemployment rate is …

Denver Housing Is Mile High

Denver ranks near the top of the 70 housing markets we rate each quarter. Prices have risen 12% in the last year, finally reaching historical averages. We are including some highlights from our monthly subscription reports as well as some anecdotes we …

Rental Growth Where You Least Expect It

Take a drive through the urban portion of any major city and you will likely see cranes and construction crews dotting the landscape, building what appears to be an endless supply of apartment units. Your eyes are not deceiving you. …

Western Drought to Hurt or Help Housing?

While the drought throughout the Western US has created a lot of concern, it turns out that a number of companies and water districts were prepared, having invested in all sorts of technologies and water recycling programs. In fact, new …

Cost Advantages Allow You to Pay More for Land

I learn the most when others tell me I am wrong. At a recent roundtable I moderated for 20 Washington, DC regional home building and development executives, we were discussing the challenges private builders face competing with public builders for …

Independent Living Apartments: A Growing Lifestyle Choice for 75+ Seniors

The 75+ age group should grow rapidly over the next 20 years due to the aging baby boomer generation and longer life expectancy. What options are there for seniors who are relatively healthy but no longer want to maintain a …