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4 Shifts Needed to Sell More Homes

As noted during our consulting team’s visits to thousands of communities all over the country last year, and also shown by the slower 2014 sales in our master-planned communities survey, the land development and home building industries need to shift …

Big Idea 2015: Rethink Your Business Due to Retirement Surge

More people were born in the 1950s (41 million) than in any other decade, and they are dropping out of the workforce in droves. Those born in the 1950s will begin turning 65 in 2015. In fact, in the last …

The Never-Ending Puzzle of Home Price Appreciation

Every month, LinkedIn asks a number of people to write about specific topics that are often personal. Since my topic this month was on housing, I thought I would share it. Click here to view the article and feel free …

Home Prices Rising Slightly

John explains on Fox Business News what our team is seeing: Strength in the markets where foregin buyers are active Weakness in the entry level, where potential buyers have almost $1 trillion more in student debt than they did one …

Bad Data=Bad Information

We are getting a little sick of the bad data that has resulted in some very misleading headlines this month, so I am going to share some proprietary information from our June survey of 228 local building execs overseeing 12% …

Bloomberg TV Housing Summary

I co-hosted Bloomberg Surveillance on Tuesday. Here is a clip of the five minutes we spent on housing, covering: California housing Investor activity BRIC millionaires parking money in US real estate Coastal markets versus inland markets Phoenix versus California as …

That Would Make a Great Year!

10% volume growth and 5% price appreciation. We will take that every year! Here is John’s interview on Fox Business from last Friday. Click to view video If you have any questions, please contact John Burns at (949) 870-1210 or …

Sold! Rethinking the Dumbest Process in America

I attended the Super Tuesday auction in Atlanta this week. The video below shows four foreclosure auctions happening simultaneously. The “crier” comes out, states the property address, reads a three-minute disclaimer, spends one minute completing the auction and then five …

Housing Booming, Busting and Muddling Along

Housing is local again! Our consultants and clients see vastly different housing markets all across the country. I categorize them into three groups (booming, busting, and muddling) in this article and provide anecdotes from our team members—but it is really …

Supply and Demand in the Balance

We look at the housing demand/supply balance two ways: The need for more construction. Since the US has been adding more than two new jobs for every home built for the last several years and there are less than 1.2 …