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The Rapid Disruption of Home Building

…itioned to change 10 times more in the next 10 years.” “Everybody that is in the space recognizes that the industry won’t look the same in 10 years, and they are either going to be displaced or participate in their own disruption….All my big framers are investing in panelization plants as we speak.” “We are the last industry to build something in the dirt and in bad weather.” “I watch the Japanese very carefully because…

The Monumental Disruption of iBuyers

A new, highly disruptive home-selling option known as iBuyers (instant buyers) has clearly emerged: Home sellers are excited. Real estate agents are nervous. Venture capitalists have been investing heavily. Experienced real estate executives are becoming less skeptical as more and more $$$ pours in. Offerpad, Opendoor, Zillow, Perch, Keller Williams, Redfin, Knock, and cataList Properties (Coldwell Banker) have now cumulatively raised billions…

The Biggest Checkbook in Home Building

…brace the disruption of the home building industry, seeking better value, convenience, and transparency. The boomer and Gen-X populations will embrace disruption as well when they realize how much it will save them. Ripe for disruption: The building industry has been pretty well protected from disruption thus far, and Adrian is worried that builders will become the next “yellow taxi company.” He believes the new home market has antiquated habits…

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…on a term he coined, “missing middle housing,” which he defines to be the range of housing types between or in the middle of detached single-family homes and mid-rise buildings.   Episode 20: The Monumental Disruption of iBuyers Dean Wehrli interviews Offerpad co-founder Jerry Coleman to understand why the new, highly disruptive home-selling option known as iBuyers (instant buyers) has emerged so quickly.   Episode 19:…

New Home Insights Podcast Episode 20

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Episode 20: The Monumental Disruption of iBuyers Dean Wehrli interviews Offerpad co-founder Jerry Coleman to understand why the new, highly disruptive home-selling option known as iBuyers (instant buyers) has emerged so quickly.   Featured Guest Jerry Coleman, Co-Founder, Offerpad Jerry Coleman, Offerpad founder, is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the institutional single-family rental industry. In 2012, he partnered with the…

Speaking Engagements

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…dent and Chief Demographer Fort Worth, TX April 9, 2019 Contract Lumber Housing Summit Chris Porter, Vice President and Chief Demographer Indianapolis, IN April 17, 2019 THEC The Houston Economics Club Real Estate Trends and Disruption David Jarvis, Senior Vice President Houston, TX April 18, 2019 2019 ULI Spring Meeting Housing Market Insight for Community Development Council Gold John Burns, CEO Nashville, TN April 18, 2019 Big Shifts Ahead:…

New Home Insights Podcast Episode 13

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Episode 13: The Rapid Disruption of Home Building The home building industry is rapidly changing in some very exciting ways. In part two of our CR Herro interview, we discuss the new technologies that are allowing homes to be built better than ever and the adoption of smart home technology.   Featured Guest CR Herro, Vice President of Innovation, Meritage Homes C.R. Herro leads Meritage’s Business Innovation Program which combines design,…

Six Building Product Design Trends

…d HVAC. 2. Labor efficient products take center stage. Building product manufacturers continue to invest in products that streamline the installation processes, with KATERRA’s large booth the poster child for potential labor disruption this year. 3. Engineered products offer great design and less maintenance. Engineered products look increasingly like their natural counterparts, often at better or comparable prices. We found many examples in…

Surveys Confirm Little Impact from Rising Rates

…p prices. 15% would experience a decline in sales of 10% or more, especially to entry-level buyers struggling to qualify. This thinking falls in line with our 4-5-6 rule, where one of the 4 disruptors (this time the economic disruption of rising mortgage rates) impacts each of the 5 life stages differently, which helps us answer several of the 6 key questions: who will be buying, what will they buy, when will they buy, and where will they buy….

Designing a Successful New Industry Collaboration

…to consumers and to those with the pocketbooks needed to fund great design We agreed to share success stories as well as lessons learned. We pledged to keep a close eye on the disruptive companies, with a goal of joining the disruption when it makes sense. We pledged to collaborate with each other to share ideas to profitably build the best places to live in the world. If you want to join the club, please fill out the form found on this page,…