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California’s Housing Costs to Income Ratios

California has always been expensive, and it is getting even more expensive as buyers from all over the world flock to the Golden State. Even considering today’s low mortgage rates, the ratio of monthly housing costs (which include mortgage, PMI, …

Don’t Let the Drought Dry Up Your Sales

When shopping for a new home, buyers have a new concern to add to their list: How are the schools? Is the area nice? Is there retail nearby? Will I have water? Maybe. Water has become the issue du jour …

Landlords Encouraging Renters to Move

Rents in the highest-quality apartments rose 4.4% last year, including an 8.0% jump in one West Coast portfolio. With a very high occupancy level (95.8%) and job growth exceeding construction levels in almost every major market in the country, landlords …

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. …