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California Solar Mandate Will Be a Non-Event

On January 1, 2020, California became the first state to require solar panels on all new homes—what many are calling a “solar mandate.” What impact will this have on home building in California in 2020? By all accounts, not very much. …

JBREC’s 2020 Southern California Outlook: 7 Trends to Watch

Rising New Home Sales and Prices* New home sales to rise from 19,590 in 2019 (preliminary) to 20,890 in 2020. Housing demand drivers such as job growth and affordability indicate that sales could be even higher than projected. Supply constraints …

Southern California New Home Market Trends and Strategies—4Q 2019

Los Angeles Negative fallout from the passage of Proposition JJJ in 2016 is beginning to be felt in the new home market as the pipeline of for-sale slab-on-grade housing projects in the City of Los Angeles dwindles. Total permits in …

Affordable Apartments? Skip the Amenities

Categories: Rental Housing

New apartment communities must have amenities, right? Not necessarily. Our consumer research shows that the most valued amenity is frequently “low rent.” A recent survey by the NMHC showed that the two top community amenities nationwide are: reliable cell reception …

The Great Price Deceleration

Price appreciation has slowed across every major housing market, in what we are coining the Great Price Deceleration. Note: This chart shows the difference in YOY price appreciation for each market today compared to one year ago. For instance, San …

Strategies to Maximize the Age-Qualified Opportunity in California

25,000 Californians turn 55 every month. With eyes on this big demographic shift, more builders enter the age-qualified 55+ new home market each year. Some are more successful than others. We’ve analyzed nearly 10,000 homes in age-qualified (AQ) California communities and …

Majority of Homeowners and Renters Benefiting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

We believe that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will likely impact housing as follows: More entry-level home buying in most areas of the country Higher rents, since tenants now have more disposable income Acceleration in Southern migration We ran …

Strategies for Providing Attainably Priced Homes in Southern California Markets

Affordability is the biggest red flag for builders and capital providers wanting to do business in Southern California. How can home builders provide more attainably priced homes and make a profit? Poor affordability has curbed demand and price growth significantly despite …

Strategies for Success: Navigating DC’s Turbulent Housing Markets

Lately, the Washington housing market has had its share of ups and downs. Mortgage rates are fluctuating, and news headlines are shaking buyers’ and builders’ confidence. Despite the turbulence, we believe there are unique real estate opportunities to provide success …

The Woonerf Solution

Woonerf has made its way to the United States. The Dutch term, which means “living street,” refers to streets with characteristics such as slow “walking pace” speed limits and shared spaces for cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Alan Scales and Ken Ryan, two …