In The News

Respected business news and trade media outlets turn to our team for clarification on important and timely issues. John Burns regularly appears on national TV and major media discussing current housing industry topics, and many of our leaders are featured regularly in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, and USA Today. Below are some of the most recent and notable headlines.

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Notable John Burns Real Estate Consulting Mentions

More Baby Boomers Migrating to the City

More Baby Boomers Migrating to the City

Builder Online, May 2016

Baby boomers, the largest and wealthiest generation to retire, are changing the face of cities by choosing to retire to urban areas rather than suburbs.

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For homebuilders, new regulations mean no new starter homes

For homebuilders, new regulations mean no new starter homes

CNBC, May 2016

As the Pacific waves crash below, the frames of luxury homes rise above — in what is being called the last seaside development in Southern California.

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Silicon Valley Mansions Linger on Market in Real Estate Slowdown

Silicon Valley Mansions Linger on Market in Real Estate Slowdown

Bloomberg, May 2016

A custom-built home in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley had its price cut by $500,000 last week after sitting on the market since the end of March — a move that would’ve been almost unfathomable a year ago and a signal that frenzied demand has peaked.

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How rooftop decks are becoming the must-have amenity for 2016

How rooftop decks are becoming the must-have amenity for 2016

MW Market Watch, May 2016

When Conrad Lifsey and his partner, Derek Loftin, who own a luxury RV rental company in Palm Springs, bought a house 2015 in a property development called Sol, what sealed the deal for them wasn’t inside, but up on the roof.

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Woodside Homes Adjusts and Grows After its Stock Offering Stalls

Woodside Homes Adjusts and Grows After its Stock Offering Stalls

Builder Online, May 2016

In spring 2014, Joel Shine was ready to cross the finish line. After working for more than a year to take Woodside Homes public, the son of a longtime Los Angeles home builder had the Salt Lake City–based company poised for an IPO.

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Home Builders Say They Are Squeezed by Rising Compliance Costs

Home Builders Say They Are Squeezed by Rising Compliance Costs

WSJ, May 2016

The average cost for home builders to comply with regulations for new home construction has increased by nearly 30% over the last five years, according to new research from the National Association of Home Builders.

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Affordable Starter Homes Prove Increasingly Elusive

Affordable Starter Homes Prove Increasingly Elusive

WSJ, May 2016

At Paradise at Ironwood Crossing, a 2,100-home master-planned community southeast of Phoenix, new houses starting as low as $170,000 are snapped up within weeks of hitting the market.

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This Skills Gap Is Hurting America’s Housing Market

This Skills Gap Is Hurting America’s Housing Market

Fortune, April 2016

The construction industry deserves a closer look.
While America’s housing market is recovering, the construction industry has struggled to catch up.

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Rising Real Estate Prices Are Making Homebuyers Cozy Up To Urban Eyesores

Rising Real Estate Prices Are Making Homebuyers Cozy Up To Urban Eyesores

Huffington Post, April 2016

LOS ANGELES — Robert Leviton’s loudest neighbour is a 12-lane freeway.
The busy stretch of highway that runs alongside his townhouse complex is visible from his north-facing windows.

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Home-Price Surge Stymies First-Time Buyers

Home-Price Surge Stymies First-Time Buyers

WSJ, April 2016

Connie Durnal has more than two decades of experience as a broker in the Dallas real-estate market. But these days she thinks of her career in two distinct phases: the last two years and “the olden days.”

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Homebuilder blues: Don’t blame labor shortage

Homebuilder blues: Don’t blame labor shortage

CNBC, April 2016

Home construction weakened in March, and homebuilder sentiment hasn’t budged in three months — all this in the heart of the historically strong spring housing market.

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Mortgage Interest Deduction Loses Traction with Young Buyers

Mortgage Interest Deduction Loses Traction with Young Buyers

Builder Online, April 2016

Buying a home no longer offers attractive tax breaks, due to near-record low mortgage rates and an increase in the standard deduction.

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Niche homes remain attractive option

Niche homes remain attractive option

Houston Chronicle, April 2016

It was beginners’ night for pickleball at Sweetgrass, a development in Richmond built for the 55-and-over set, but there were plenty of veteran players on the courts.

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Could the San Francisco real estate market finally be slowing down?

Could the San Francisco real estate market finally be slowing down?

MW Market Watch, April 2016

Some air may finally escaping from the inflated San Francisco real estate market. Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area were down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis…

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Homeownership no longer a tax break

Homeownership no longer a tax break

CNBC, April 2016

It may be yet another reason why younger Americans are choosing to rent: Buying a home is unlikely to offer them any tax break.

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Owning a Home in U.S. Has Fewer Tax Benefits Than You Think

Owning a Home in U.S. Has Fewer Tax Benefits Than You Think

Bloomberg, April 2016

The tax benefits of homeownership, which generations of U.S. residents have counted on, have been elusive for typical buyers since mortgage rates started tumbling in 2008, according to an analysis by John Burns Real Estate Consulting LLC.

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Lack of inventory pushes up home prices in Northern Virginia

Lack of inventory pushes up home prices in Northern Virginia

Washington Post, April 2016

Low inventory and competition for homes in popular areas near the city and Metro stations are impacting Northern Virginia this spring along with the rest of the Washington-area market.

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Want to snag a home in Maryland? The hunt is fierce.

Want to snag a home in Maryland? The hunt is fierce.

Washington Post, April 2016

The spring real estate market in the Washington region often starts way before residents change their clocks for daylight saving time or see their first crocus poke from the earth. This year is no exception…

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More older Americans becoming renters

More older Americans becoming renters

Chicago Tribune, April 2016

Baby boomers are altering the American Dream. After having the home in the suburbs, the kids, the two cars, and maybe even the picket fence, a growing number now want to ride elevators to rental apartments and walk out the door to restaurants.

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Spring started early for D.C. housing market

Spring started early for D.C. housing market

Washington Post, March 2016

While January’s blizzard slowed the housing market briefly, buyers dug their way out quickly and got back to the business of touring homes and making offers, particularly in the city.

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Tired of rising rent? Maybe you should consider becoming a landlord

Tired of rising rent? Maybe you should consider becoming a landlord

CNBC, March 2016

The stock market is looking wobbly. Bonds are paying you about what you’re losing to inflation. And the rest of the investment landscape is about as reliable as the latest presidential candidate poll.

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Widening U.S. Home-Price Gap Makes Trading Up Harder

Widening U.S. Home-Price Gap Makes Trading Up Harder

WSJ, March 2016

The widening gap between the middle and upper tiers of home prices is making it harder for people to trade up, tightening inventories and pressuring prices, according to a study set to be released Monday.

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Stock market swoon stalls luxury home sales

Stock market swoon stalls luxury home sales

CNBC, March 2016

Rampant volatility in the U.S. stock market is showing up in the high-end housing market. But as with all things real estate, the impact depends entirely on location.

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Job quality not keeping pace with home price gains in Denver

Job quality not keeping pace with home price gains in Denver

Denver Post, February 2016

Metro Denver continues to top the charts for annual home price appreciation among major metro areas, making it one of the most expensive housing markets outside the two coasts.

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The Three Big Forces Driving MultiGen Attraction and Traction

The Three Big Forces Driving MultiGen Attraction and Traction

Builder Online, February 2016

Armed with data from John Burns Real Estate Consulting that 21 million American households are composed of more than one adult generation under the same roof. Olick highlights three reasons for the large–and growing–multigenerational household composition:

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Under one roof: Multigenerational housing big for builders

Under one roof: Multigenerational housing big for builders

CNBC, February 2016

Jennifer Michaels didn’t expect her Seattle-area house would sell so quickly, especially since she hadn’t settled on a new home yet. With nowhere to go, the divorced mom moved herself and her two teenagers in with her mother, Lucy Abbott, thinking it would be temporary.

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Apartment builders woo the wealthy with over-the-top services

Apartment builders woo the wealthy with over-the-top services

LA Times, January 2016

During the height of last decade’s housing boom in Los Angeles, developers drew up plans to place luxury condos on top of hotels. The pitch was not only the posh digs, but the hotel services wealthy owners would enjoy without having to leave the comforts of their living room.

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New U.S. Homes Make Room for Airbnb Crowd

New U.S. Homes Make Room for Airbnb Crowd

WSJ, January 2016

LAS VEGAS—The splashy model house unveiled this week during the home-building industry’s largest trade show featured an unexpected design concept: roommates.

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Homebuilders adjust to slower housing market

Homebuilders adjust to slower housing market

Houston Chronicle, January 2016

Mark and Linda Thering’s brand-new house in Spring boasts 3,100 square feet, a fireplace, game room and two patios. The couple also got something homebuyers until recently could only dream of – a $15,000 discount.

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Metro Denver housing remains constrained and combustible

Metro Denver housing remains constrained and combustible

Denver Post, January 2016

Embers from metro Denver’s scorching housing market, which cooled late last year, remain hot enough to reignite into another nation-leading performance, some forecasts are predicting.

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Friendswood Development keeps on growing in Houston

Friendswood Development keeps on growing in Houston

Houston Chronicle, January 2016

Friendswood Development Co. is gearing up for home sales in two area communities as it reports a high volume of sales in some others.

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Houston still a leader in master-planned communities

Houston still a leader in master-planned communities

Houston Chronicle, January 2016

The Houston area again claimed more top-selling master-planned communities than any other metro area in the U.S., even as two longstanding favorites fell off the list and sales slowed in some others.

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21 Top-Selling Masterplans

21 Top-Selling Masterplans

Builder Online, January 2016

Congratulations are in order for the 21 top-selling  masterplans in the country, and the top 3 project winners follows last years with The Villages, The Irvine Ranch, and Nocatee.

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Heaps of housing added to local market in just a few years

Heaps of housing added to local market in just a few years

Houston Chronicle, December 2015

The dawning slowdown in the Houston-area housing market arrives on the heels of a striking boom where homebuilders and apartment developers increased the housing supply by almost 10 percent in just a few years.

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Chicago’s home prices driving some buyers to suburbs

Chicago’s home prices driving some buyers to suburbs

Chicago Tribune, December 2015

Megan Keskitalo and her husband, Glenn Eckstein, were enthusiastic city dwellers until the suburbs began calling. First it was Chicago’s crime, then it was worry about school districts, and in the end, it was money that pushed them past the city’s edge.

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Mortgage rate hikes could temper Denver home prices next year

Mortgage rate hikes could temper Denver home prices next year

Denver Post, December 2015

The Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to lift interest rates could hit metro Denver residents close to home and temper a two-year run-up in home prices.

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New homebuilders enter market as Woodlands nears build out

New homebuilders enter market as Woodlands nears build out

Houston Chronicle, December 2015

The Woodlands brand recognition and the booming south Montgomery County economy has continued to draw in new homebuilders. But time is running out for those looking to get into The Woodlands.

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Here’s how Chinese homebuyers are reshaping U.S. housing

Here’s how Chinese homebuyers are reshaping U.S. housing

HousingWire, November 2015

Chinese money is becoming a major force in real estate around the world and in America, with a recent luxury development 35 miles northwest of Dallas being only the latest frontier, according to an article in the New York Times.

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U.S. Restricts Raising Cap on Federally Backed Mortgages

U.S. Restricts Raising Cap on Federally Backed Mortgages

WSJ, November 2015

Home prices continue to climb, but the U.S. government is keeping a lid on the size limit for federally backed mortgages, posing problems for home buyers in many pricey markets.

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Why do Housing Starts in 2015 Continue to Struggle?

Why do Housing Starts in 2015 Continue to Struggle?

Builder Online, November 2015

Some believe housing starts have struggled because of lot and labor shortages, and high construction cost, but John Burns Real Estate Consulting says it may be a lot simpler than this.

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Fewer Golfers, but Some Lush Courses Are Coming Back

Fewer Golfers, but Some Lush Courses Are Coming Back

NY Times, November 2015

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Weeds, crabgrass and fallen palm fronds cover the wildly overgrown greens of what was once the Mizner Trail Golf Club, its decrepit state emblematic of the fate of hundreds of golf courses around the country, many of them derisively known as “rabbit patches” or “goat farms.”

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San Francisco real estate looking like it did before dot-com crash in 2000

San Francisco real estate looking like it did before dot-com crash in 2000

MW Market Watch, November 2015

Surging rents, skyrocketing real-estate prices and booming tech companies. Sounds like San Francisco in 2015, right? It also describes the city just before the tech bust of 2000, according to a recent report.

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Renters aren’t saving to buy a house

Renters aren’t saving to buy a house

CNBC, November 2015

Looking across the vast spectrum of housing surveys today, most will claim that the majority of renters want to buy a home eventually. That may be, but they’re not saving to do that.

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Millennial Home Buyer: Facts vs. Fiction

Millennial Home Buyer: Facts vs. Fiction

Builder Online, October 2015

Much attention has been paid to skyrocketing college costs, with many positing that the resultant accumulation of unprecedented student loan debt—now totaling more than $1 trillion—makes homeownership unaffordable for millennials.

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How the housing markets of the two World Series cities compare

How the housing markets of the two World Series cities compare

Business Insider, October 2015

October is here: the leaves are changing, jack-o-lanterns are carved, and builders are preparing to hit year-end sales goals. October, of course, is also home to one of America’s greatest sporting events, the World Series.

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New kitchen? New bathroom? Why the time is now

New kitchen? New bathroom? Why the time is now

CNBC, October 2015

Now that U.S. homeowners are feeling better about the value of their property, they seem more apt to add to that value.

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Want a discount on a house? Drive way out of town

Want a discount on a house? Drive way out of town

CNBC, October 2015

Ever since the Greeks built temples on high and the Egyptians erected pyramids in the sand, real estate has always been all about location.

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Construction Workers ‘Left the Business and They Didn’t Come Back’

Construction Workers ‘Left the Business and They Didn’t Come Back’

WSJ, October 2015

Home builders are facing delays and rising costs as they struggle to find enough construction workers.

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Labor Shortage Pinches Home Builders

Labor Shortage Pinches Home Builders

WSJ, October 2015

Home builders this year have booked their strongest sales since the recession. A shortage of construction workers, however, is making it tough…

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The fall real estate market in Northern Virginia

The fall real estate market in Northern Virginia

Washington Post, October 2015

Northern Virginia has had a so-so housing market thus far in 2015, and David Howell, executive vice president and chief information officer of McEnearney…

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Housing today: A ‘bubble larger than 2006’

Housing today: A ‘bubble larger than 2006’

CNBC, October 2015

Home prices are gaining steam again, fueled by tight supply amid growing demand.

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Homes as ATMs: It’s starting again

Homes as ATMs: It’s starting again

CNBC, October 2015

As home values rise, homeowners are gaining more equity on paper — and they’re taking it out in paper.

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The fall real estate market in Maryland

The fall real estate market in Maryland

Washington Post, September 2015

While no one anticipates a return to the frenzied housing market of the pre-recession days or even the hectic pace in 2013 when low inventory and low mortgage rates pushed some buyers into bidding wars…

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Meet the Hipster Real Estate Developers Building for Millennials

Meet the Hipster Real Estate Developers Building for Millennials

Bloomberg, September 2015

John Chaffetz is showing off an apartment building that his development firm, Timberlane Partners, just bought for $7.2 million. He admits it doesn’t look so hot.

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The weather is cooling, but the D.C. housing market isn’t

The weather is cooling, but the D.C. housing market isn’t

Washington Post, September 2015

The District’s real estate market remained in fifth gear even from June to August when activity typically slows down considerably…

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Here’s the major trend exacerbating labor shortages in the American homebuilding business

Here’s the major trend exacerbating labor shortages in the American homebuilding business

Business Insider, September 2015

One huge part of the US economy that’s been experiencing major labor shortages is the construction sector.

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How an Immigration Downturn Has Contributed to the Construction-Worker Shortage

How an Immigration Downturn Has Contributed to the Construction-Worker Shortage

WSJ, September 2015

The U.S. construction industry has lost more than half a million Mexican-born workers since 2007, contributing to a labor shortage…

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Find out if your housing market is over- or underpriced

Find out if your housing market is over- or underpriced

Business Insider, September 2015

Is your market over- or underpriced? Here is a map of our over/underpriced conclusions today.

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If mortgage rates go to 6%, here’s what happens to housing

If mortgage rates go to 6%, here’s what happens to housing

CNBC, September 2015

When it comes to interest rates, what goes down eventually must go up.

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Drought Dogs Developers in California’s Soaring Housing Market

Drought Dogs Developers in California’s Soaring Housing Market

Bloomberg, September 2015

California’s already tight housing market is facing another long-term complication: drought.

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Niche Builder LGI Homes Targets Renters For Starters

Niche Builder LGI Homes Targets Renters For Starters

Nasdaq, September 2015

As apartment rents keep rising, LGI Homes (LGIH) derives more marketing power to turn renters into homeowners.

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Housing Shift: Big Investors Snap Up New Homes for Use as Rentals

Housing Shift: Big Investors Snap Up New Homes for Use as Rentals

NBC News, September 2015

It was widely deemed a temporary play: Large-scale investors buying thousands of discounted foreclosed properties during the worst of the housing crash and turning them into single-family rentals.

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Why a Stronger Housing Sector Isn’t Boosting the U.S. Economy That Much

Why a Stronger Housing Sector Isn’t Boosting the U.S. Economy That Much

WSJ, September 2015

Construction of single-family homes, which packs an outsize economic punch, has stalled, as new households rent and building costs have risen.

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Jeff Gundlach is opening a new fund

Jeff Gundlach is opening a new fund

Business Insider, September 2015

Bond guru Jeff Gundlach’s DoubleLine Capital has announced its first commodity-based investment product.

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Energy woes hit real estate market, but slowdown could be worse

Energy woes hit real estate market, but slowdown could be worse

Houston Chronicle, August 2015

Houston’s real estate market hasn’t avoided the slowdown triggered by collapsing oil prices, but a more diverse economy will help offset weakness in housing and vacancies in area office towers, industry experts said Tuesday.

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What does Black Monday mean for Chinese homebuyers?

What does Black Monday mean for Chinese homebuyers?

HousingWire, August 2015

The repercussions of Black Monday could go further than just today’s major hit, with the future of Chinese homebuyers now in question.

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Chinese Investors are Gobbling Up US Homes

Chinese Investors are Gobbling Up US Homes

Business Insider, August 2015

Chinese home buyers comprise roughly 2% of US housing demand—and far more than that in the gateway metro areas with excellent airport access.

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Losing Water, Califiornia Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave

Losing Water, Califiornia Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave

NY Times, August 2015

Despite the drought, communities are pushing ahead with plans for new housing, with advocates saying there will be enough water to meet the demand.

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John Paulson Is Starting to Cash In on His Big Land Grab

John Paulson Is Starting to Cash In on His Big Land Grab

Bloomberg, August 2015

Hedge-fund manager John Paulson, who made billions wagering against subprime mortgages, has started to profit from a U.S. housing bet that took longer to ripen: owning land.

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Renting detached homes is an untapped market

Renting detached homes is an untapped market

Business Insider, August 2015

Builders and developers will now start building more detached homes for rent.

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This is why millennials will never grow up

This is why millennials will never grow up

MW Market Watch, August 2015

Your grown-up children may never hit many of the milestones you’ve come to associate with adulthood — and you can blame their crushing student loan debt for that.

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How much will Bay Area homes cost a year from now?

How much will Bay Area homes cost a year from now?

SF Chronicle, August 2015

Homes like this one in San Francisco are continuing to sell well, and most experts say Bay Area housing prices will be rising over the next year. Many are more cautious about long-term forecasts.

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Home Sales in Orange County Hit 10-year High

Home Sales in Orange County Hit 10-year High

Builder Online, July 2015

The Orange County (Calif.) Register staffer Marilyn Kalfus delivers a mid-year report on the local housing market, where home sales topped $11 billion in the first half –the most in a decade.

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Arizona firm enters Chicago, snaps up Orleans Homebuilders

Arizona firm enters Chicago, snaps up Orleans Homebuilders

Chicago Tribune, July 2015

Taylor Morrison, an Arizona-based homebuilder in an expansion mode, has acquired the assets of Orleans Homebuilders in Chicago and two other markets for $166 million.

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Dead U.S. Exurbs Are Staging Comebacks

Dead U.S. Exurbs Are Staging Comebacks

Bloomberg, July 2015

Erica Luna’s commute eats almost four hours out of her workday, and means no messing around with the snooze button at 4 a.m.

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Will Chinese buyers flee or flood US housing?

Will Chinese buyers flee or flood US housing?

CNBC, July 2015

Turmoil in the Chinese stock market could have a quick and direct effect on U.S. housing.

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Surging rent will turn a lot of renters into buyers

Surging rent will turn a lot of renters into buyers

Business Insider, July 2015

Rents in the highest-quality apartments rose 4.4% last year, including an 8.0% jump in one West Coast portfolio.

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Big investors buy fewer homes but see bigger gains

Big investors buy fewer homes but see bigger gains

CNBC, July 2015

Some credit them with saving the housing market. Others blame them for taking advantage of a crisis and bullying real homebuyers out of the American Dream.

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DESIGN TRENDS: WHAT BUYERS LOVE IN KITCHENS AND BATHS

DESIGN TRENDS: WHAT BUYERS LOVE IN KITCHENS AND BATHS

Builder Magazine, June 2015

Consumers often rate the kitchen as the most important room in the home, and with good reason….

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Rising Mortgage Rates to Test Housing Market’s Strength

Rising Mortgage Rates to Test Housing Market’s Strength

Wall Street Journal, June 2015

The housing market could be in for a bumpy ride as mortgage rates climb.

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The US household formation boom will fuel construction for years

The US household formation boom will fuel construction for years

Business Insider, June 2015

If you want an industry with a great long-term outlook, consider construction.

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Why aren’t more homes being built?

Why aren’t more homes being built?

CNBC, June 2015

The supply of existing homes for sale is incredibly short, and while builders are starting to construct more homes than they did a year ago, they are still producing well below normal volumes.

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The timing is right for a merger, two Southland home builders say

The timing is right for a merger, two Southland home builders say

LA Times, June 2015

More than once, the chief executives of Southern California home builders Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group Inc. talked about whether they should combine their operations.

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America’s most undervalued markets

America’s most undervalued markets

MPA Mag, June 2015

It’s no surprise that rustbelt cities have floundered in the wake of factory closures and businesses moving manufacturing overseas, and that continues to have an adverse effect on housing prices.

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Denver developers can’t get lots to market fast enough

Denver developers can’t get lots to market fast enough

Denver Post, June 2015

Homebuilder David Sinkey looked into his crystal ball about 30 months ago and a disturbing vision appeared.

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Denver housing: Rocky Mountain high and HOT

Denver housing: Rocky Mountain high and HOT

CNBC, May 2015

When Christopher Simmons began shopping for a home in Denver six months ago, he had no idea the risk and the frustration it would take to get one.

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A house that thumbs its nose at the drought

A house that thumbs its nose at the drought

Yahoo Homes, May 2015

Imagine a home that could recycle two-thirds of the water it uses. No need to imagine.

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Not saving early for college tuition is everyone’s problem. Here’s why

Not saving early for college tuition is everyone’s problem. Here’s why

The Guardian, May 2015

BlackRock’s Rick Rieder takes a strictly pragmatic perspective on the broader consequences of parents not thinking long-term

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Why You Should Care About the Rising Cost of College

Why You Should Care About the Rising Cost of College

Nasdaq, April 2015

It’s nearly graduation season, and that means it’s as good a time as any to weigh in on why you should care about rising college costs, even if paying for tuition and paying back student loans won’t ever be on your to-do list.

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Renters Are Staying Put

Renters Are Staying Put

The New York Times, April 2015

High rents and more affordable mortgages are not persuading more renters to buy, according to a new study.

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New-Home Sales Trend Looks Solid

New-Home Sales Trend Looks Solid

WSJ, April 2015

Builder optimism, year-over-year gains suggest strong start to spring selling season

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New-home opportunities available for buyers willing to wait

New-home opportunities available for buyers willing to wait

Washington Post, March 2015

If you’re interested in buying a newly constructed house in the Washington region, you’ll find plenty of options in a variety of price ranges.

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More Home Builders Say This Spring Smells Rosy

More Home Builders Say This Spring Smells Rosy

Wall Street Journal, March 2015

More signs have emerged that the current spring home-selling season is off to a far better start for the home-building industry than at this time last year.

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How tiny mortgage rate moves can buy you a lot

How tiny mortgage rate moves can buy you a lot

CNBC, March 2015

It may seem like mortgage rates have been vacillating in a tight range, brushing up against 4 percent on the 30-year fixed and then falling back. Rates, however, are still considerably lower than they were a year ago.

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Experts: New Homes Have ‘Plenty of Runway’ in 2015

Experts: New Homes Have ‘Plenty of Runway’ in 2015

Zillow, February 2015

A proliferation of data and new data analysis methods are changing the way builders buy, sell and develop vacant land, according to experts, and builders are cautiously optimistic that easier credit and more flexibility will help the new homes market rebound in 2015.

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Consumer Confidence Lifting Home Sales

Consumer Confidence Lifting Home Sales

Wall Street Journal, February 2015

The housing market has been disappointing in the past year, with sales essentially flat. But there are signs that the market is starting to stir.

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Sales Slow At Top 20 Master Planned Communities

Sales Slow At Top 20 Master Planned Communities

Professional Builder, February 2015

But while those numbers indicate a drop from 2013, the group still outperformed home sales nationwide, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

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How a Two-Tier Economy Is Reshaping the U.S. Marketplace

How a Two-Tier Economy Is Reshaping the U.S. Marketplace

Wall Street Journal, January 2015

Five years ago, Quadrant Homes churned out starter houses in the Seattle area with an average sales price of $269,000 and the marketing slogan, “More House, Less Money.”

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St. Charles, MD Reports Sales of 250 New Homes in 2014

St. Charles, MD Reports Sales of 250 New Homes in 2014

Yahoo Finance, January 2015

The St. Charles Companies reported 250 new home sales for the year, the third year in a row of more than 200 new home sales contracts…

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Empty-nester boom offers boon for builders in Washington region

Empty-nester boom offers boon for builders in Washington region

Washington Post, January 2015

Baby boomers Julie Healy and her husband, Vladimir Leonov, have plenty of energy and mobility now. But…

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Housing Market’s Foundations Crack

Housing Market’s Foundations Crack

Wall Street Journal, December 2014

Sales of New and Existing Homes Look Less Than Inspiring

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How low gas prices fuel the housing market

How low gas prices fuel the housing market

NBR/CNBC, December 2014

The huge drop in gasoline prices is just the boost the housing market needs heading into 2015.

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One Big US Industry Will Be Happy To See Energy Companies Lay Off Workers

One Big US Industry Will Be Happy To See Energy Companies Lay Off Workers

Business Insider, December 2014

Laborers in the US energy industry are nervously watching crashing oil prices as they wonder what persistently low prices could mean for their jobs.

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Life stages influence housing plans

Life stages influence housing plans

Chicago Tribune, November 2014

The share of 25- to 29-year-olds who are married is down, way down…

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2014 ULI Fall Meeting Quick Takeaways

2014 ULI Fall Meeting Quick Takeaways

Urban Land Institute, November 2014

Generally speaking, the industry is experiencing a bright recovery and the outlook continues to be positive for real estate development and housing, though there is still a wide abundance of caution and avoidance of over-optimism regarding appreciation.

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Bay Area Land Deal Shows Dirt Prices Still High

Bay Area Land Deal Shows Dirt Prices Still High

Wall Street Journal, November 2014

A venture led by developer Trumark Homes is paying roughly $200 million for 184 acres of raw land in the hill country east of the Bay Area in a sign that demand remains strong for land in the top housing markets.

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Will this get millennials to buy homes?

Will this get millennials to buy homes?

CNN Money, October 2014

One Wall Street firm has an idea that’s raising eyebrows: forgive some student debt for first-time homebuyers.

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Homebuilders Offer Freebies as Booming U.S. Markets Cool

Homebuilders Offer Freebies as Booming U.S. Markets Cool

Bloomberg, October 2014

Joseph Beben wasn’t in the market for a house until he heard about a year-old community in suburban Phoenix where 10 homebuilders are offering buyers incentives such as swimming pools, built-in barbecues and subsidized mortgage rates.

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Democrats’ new villain: Student debt

Democrats’ new villain: Student debt

MSNBC, October 2014

Democrats in tight races have found a new villain this election cycle: student debt.

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Consumer Watch: Bending bummer, Blackberry’s latest & Student loans

Consumer Watch: Bending bummer, Blackberry’s latest & Student loans

Fox 4, September 2014

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more problems Apple’s newest iPhone is creating the latest concerns.

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Millennials holding back housing recovery?

Millennials holding back housing recovery?

CNBC, September 2014

Discussing how student debt is holding back first time home buyers, with Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO, and CNBC’s Diana Olick.

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Weighing The Week Ahead: Should Stock Investors Fear Current ‘Divergences’?

Weighing The Week Ahead: Should Stock Investors Fear Current ‘Divergences’?

Nasdaq, September 2014

In the wake of the FOMC meeting and the IPO hype, we face a week with little new information – the lull before earnings season. This sort of vacuum makes it difficult to predict the week ahead, but I have an interesting idea:

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What’s behind the housing summer slump?

What’s behind the housing summer slump?

Fox Business, August 2014

John Burns Real Estate Consulting CEO John Burns weighs in on the latest housing data.

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After losing their homes in the foreclosure crisis, boomerang buyers are back

After losing their homes in the foreclosure crisis, boomerang buyers are back

Washington Post, August 2014

Chris Noblejas, a former real estate agent, got hit by a double whammy during the housing crisis.

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San Pedro project illustrates a cause of limited housing affordability

San Pedro project illustrates a cause of limited housing affordability

Los Angeles Times, August 2014

Aa groundbreaking ceremony in May, neighborhood activists and local government officials celebrated Ponte Vista, a development of 676 homes in San Pedro.

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New-Home Slowdown Pressures Recovery

New-Home Slowdown Pressures Recovery

Wall Street Journal, July 2014

Demand for new homes slowed sharply during the first half, a development that threatens to reverberate beyond the housing market and throughout the broader economy.

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Volatile Phoenix housing: A cautionary tale

Volatile Phoenix housing: A cautionary tale

Yahoo Homes, July 2014

Phoenix is a lesson in housing abuse. From boom to bust, to recovery to relapse, Phoenix housing is forever rising and falling, and now it is falling again. The rest of the nation should take notice.

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Chinese Lead Way as Foreigners Step Up Purchases of U.S. Homes

Chinese Lead Way as Foreigners Step Up Purchases of U.S. Homes

Wall Street Journal, July 2014

Foreign Purchases of U.S. Residential Real Estate Jumped 35% Last Year

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Starter Homes in Demand With Builder LGI Shares Soaring

Starter Homes in Demand With Builder LGI Shares Soaring

Bloomberg, June 2014

Cheryl Pate-Yow rushed to LGI Homes Inc.’s sales office south of Houston the day after receiving a mailer that said she could own a new home for $689 a month, only $24 more than rent on her one-bedroom apartment.

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Retirement moves make a comeback

Retirement moves make a comeback

USA Today, June 2014

Retirement moves, which dropped sharply during the worst of the recession, are making a comeback.

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Condo Towers Rise From Boston to L.A. in U.S. Rebound

Condo Towers Rise From Boston to L.A. in U.S. Rebound

Bloomberg, June 2014

For the first time since the U.S. housing crash, new condominium towers are sprouting in downtown Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles as developers bet on the return of the riskiest type of residential real estate.

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Homeseller Reluctance Worsens US Home Inventory Shortage

Homeseller Reluctance Worsens US Home Inventory Shortage

Bloomberg, May 2014

Jaimie Adler said it’s getting cramped in the Lexington, Massachusetts, house she shares with her husband, two daughters and an au pair who occupies the former office. They’d sell, Adler said, if more homes were on the market in the Boston suburb.

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Regulatory issues hurting the housing market?

Regulatory issues hurting the housing market?

Fox Business, May 2014

John Burns Real Estate Consulting founder John Burns on the outlook for the housing market.

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The ripple effects of housing’s fading rebound

The ripple effects of housing’s fading rebound

CNBC, May 2014

The housing rebound is fading. And it may be awhile before it gets a second wind.

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American Households With Adult Children Are Still On The Rise

American Households With Adult Children Are Still On The Rise

Business Insider, April 2014

Why are household formations so low? Because 1.2 million more adults live with their parents than just 8 years ago!

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Buyers in survey crave dining rooms, tubs

Buyers in survey crave dining rooms, tubs

Chicago Tribune, April 2014

Homebuilders, don’t touch that bathtub! Keep your paws off the dining room too.

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Wanted: Employed 25- to 34-Year-Olds to Buy Houses

Wanted: Employed 25- to 34-Year-Olds to Buy Houses

Businessweek, March 2014

It’s hard to expect much of a lift for housing amid a dearth of fresh, real demand—not just demand from investors and speculators.

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Construction and sales of new houses in D.C. area are rising

Construction and sales of new houses in D.C. area are rising

Washington Post, March 2014

Construction and sales of new houses in the Washington region have rebounded since the Great Recession, when activity slowed considerably, and analysts are expecting both to continue rising this year.

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Surging Home Prices Are a Double-Edged Sword

Surging Home Prices Are a Double-Edged Sword

Wall Street Journal, March 2014

Affordability Troubles Grow, Especially for First-Time Buyers

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Blackstone-Fueled Single-Family Home Boom Lifts Chicago

Blackstone-Fueled Single-Family Home Boom Lifts Chicago

Bloomberg, February 2014

The world’s largest alternative-asset manager is among investors buying distressed properties in the Chicago area after private-equity and hedge-fund firms helped send property values surging in hard-hit markets such as Phoenix and Atlanta.

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First-time home buyers already burdened by debt often need help to qualify for mortgages

First-time home buyers already burdened by debt often need help to qualify for mortgages

Washington Post, February 2014

Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession and newly toughened mortgage underwriting standards…

 

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Think Millennials are stalling the housing market?

Think Millennials are stalling the housing market?

HousingWire, January 2014

Think again. They have nothing on reluctant thirty-somethings.

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Santa’s Gift to Builders: Higher Home Prices

Santa’s Gift to Builders: Higher Home Prices

Wall Street Journal, January 2014

Did home builders regain their pricing mojo in December?

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Home building back to historic levels in some cities

Home building back to historic levels in some cities

USA Today, January 2014

Cities that are leading the nation in home building have land available for development, pent-up demand for housing, and strong economies and job growth.

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How long will Houston boom last? Top 5 real estate predictions for 2014

How long will Houston boom last? Top 5 real estate predictions for 2014

Culturemap Houston, December 2013

Houston’s real estate market is one of the hottest in the world. Nothing this good lasts forever and some say job growth won’t be as strong next year. But the boom is not over yet.

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On the House: Some analysts fear housing is losing steam

On the House: Some analysts fear housing is losing steam

Philly.com, December 2013

The last three months – he is referring to September, October, and November – “have been characterized by slowing sales and a rising percentage of greedy sellers dropping price to generate activity.”

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Southern California is Running Out of New Homes to Sell

Southern California is Running Out of New Homes to Sell

Business Insider, December 2013

Good luck finding a new home to buy in Southern California these days-the supply of new home projects open and selling in Southern California is currently at a 20-year low.

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Home prices continue steady rise, as sales slow

Home prices continue steady rise, as sales slow

The Baltimore Sun, December 2013

Home prices in the Baltimore metro region continued a slow and steady climb in November, while sales grew sluggish, a seasonal trend exacerbated by economic uncertainty.

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The Predictions Issue: 2014

The Predictions Issue: 2014

Miami Agent, December 2013

Will Miami’s market continue its current pace toward recovery? Yes. Overall, we expect Miami’s housing market to experience steady growth. However, lack of affordability and minimal developable land will constrain sales velocity and likely push home prices even higher. We are projecting steady price appreciation in Miami’s market…

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New home sales heat up

New home sales heat up

Fox Business, December 2013

John Burns Real Estate Consulting CEO John Burns on 440,000 new home sales in October.

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US Builders Concerned Over Impact of Weak Home Sales in October

US Builders Concerned Over Impact of Weak Home Sales in October

Realty Biz News, December 2013

A recent survey of builders carried out by John Burns Real Estate Consulting has revealed that sales of new homes in October fell by 8% compared to September, and by 6% compared to a year earlier. This is the second consecutive month in which this survey has shown…

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Weak October Sales Have Home Builders Fretting About Spring

Weak October Sales Have Home Builders Fretting About Spring

Wall Street Journal, November 2013

Weak sales tallies in October mean home builders face a winter full of worry.

A monthly survey of builders across the U.S. by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, a housing research and advisory firm, has found that respondents’ sales of new homes declined…

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