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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 …

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 …

Rental Growth Where You Least Expect It

Categories: Rental Housing

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. …

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 …

Affluent Apartment Renters Slow to Buy a Home

Categories: Rental Housing

On an almost-daily basis, we hear the question: When will the millennial / first-time buyer emerge? While predicting the behavior of a cohort still recovering from high levels of unemployment and a record amount of student loan debt can be …

Powerhouse Job Markets: California Dominating

Three powerhouse metropolitan areas—New York, Los Angeles, and Houston—together accounted for one of every seven new jobs created in the country over the last three years. These top three markets added 300,000+ new jobs from 2012 through 2014. A total …

Inside the Mind of a Millennial

Here are a few reasons Millennials are delaying their home-buying decision. New and existing home sales totaled only 4.7 million units for 2014, down nearly 10% from 2013. Data from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) suggests the elusive first-time …

How Much Is Too Much?

The headline screams, “Southern California New Home Inventory Has Almost Doubled since the Beginning of 2013.” Terrible news, right? Not necessarily. Even with the increase, new home inventory levels* are still near all-time record lows and are highly unlikely to …