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Local Governments Dictate Housing Growth

New home construction has been growing slowly and unevenly across the country, partially due to increasing difficulty getting projects approved and financially viable. CNBC just did a 3-minute feature on what I consider to be the poster child for difficult …

Homeownership No Longer Has Tax Savings

We believe we have found one of the primary reasons why entry-level home buying has not recovered—and why homeownership has been plunging. For decades, homeowners benefitted from both the financial and psychological benefits of paying less taxes. Homeownership came with income …

Annual Housing Bubble Check-In

In 2013, fresh off the biggest housing downturn in their lifetimes, 73 housing industry executives compiled the Top 10 Signs of a Housing Market Bubble. We mailed each a poster for their walls, and we mark our poster when we …

Tech Buyers Only a Small Portion of San Francisco Bay Area Cash Transactions

With so much attention focused on the billion-dollar Bay Area tech company valuations and San Francisco rents and home prices that have escalated to all-time highs, we decided to work with powerhouse San Francisco Bay Area real estate brokerage Pacific …

Women and the Future of Housing Decisions

As I head to Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting today, ready to present at four councils tomorrow, I ponder the rise of women in the working world. The ULI Councils, which are some of the most prestigious real estate industry …

Incredible Values Available to Commuters

In my 26 years in the business, the price discount available to someone who is willing to commute has never been greater. As shown in the 6 maps below created by our consulting team, this discount occurs throughout the country. …

Building Products Companies Sitting Pretty

Two questions: Which is a bigger industry: new construction or remodeling? How many $500 billion+ industries can say that they are almost certain to grow 30%, even if interest rates rise? In a survey at our Summit conference in June, …

Immigration Changes Mean Surge in Construction Costs

Home builders tend to assume construction costs will not rise because even if they do go up, home price increases will cover the cost increases. This time might be different, as the dynamics surrounding home price and labor supply are …

Intrinsic Home Values: Is Your Market Over- or Underpriced?

Is your market over- or underpriced? Here is a map of our over/underpriced conclusions today. We explain our methodology and the opportunities this creates below. To answer this question for our clients, we have studied the ratio of housing costs …

Some Facts Regarding Today’s Changing Home Buyer

Let me summarize for you some of the key findings from an NAR report on home buyer and seller generational trends. So often, useful facts get lost in big reports. Household Compositions 13% multigenerational living. 13% of buyers have multiple generations over …