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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 …

New Home Premium Volatility

Hot, cold, medium? It is time to revisit one of our findings from last year’s white paper that evaluated 36 California new home infill communities in both hot and cold housing markets. We learned that the new home premium varies …

California Has Density Solutions, but Not Enough New Housing

The big three housing markets—Texas, Florida, and California—all easily topped 100,000 building permits in 2017. Combined, they account for almost one of every three new homes permitted for construction in the US last year. Only one other state (North Carolina …

3 Secrets to Pricing Infill New Home Projects

In many areas of California, particularly the more built-out coastal counties, an increasing number of projects are being built in older infill neighborhoods. Infill areas often have no actively selling new home projects to use as comps for new deals; …

Inland Empire New Home Market: On Watch for Upgrade from “Warm” to “Hot”

The Inland Empire new home market is showing signs of rapid improvement with rising new home sales volume driven by lower prices than Coastal markets, rising job growth, an increase in the FHA loan limit and low levels of resale …

Lack of Supply Drives Prices Way Up

New homes in California are now $300,000 more expensive than in Florida and Texas. When supply doesn’t meet demand, prices go up. To illustrate this, we divided an area’s population by the number of actively selling new home communities and …

Surging Demand for Homes with RV Parking

The RV industry is on pace for record RV shipments this year. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) estimates that over 400,000 RVs1 will be shipped in 2016. About 9 million RVs are now on the road in the US, and …

Santa’s Not the Only One Hanging Out on the Roof

Stylish new roof deck designs are wowing buyers and adding tens of thousands of dollars in revenues per house for new home builders. Across the nation in such diverse markets as the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, the Southwest, Texas, and …

Why the Inland Empire New Home Market Lost Its Momentum

New home sales rebounded in the Inland Empire in 2012 and 2013, only to fizzle in 2014 and into mid-2015. What happened? After massive job losses during the late-2000s downturn, positive job growth resumed in the Inland Empire in 2011. …

Big Variety in the 6 Southern California Markets

Our outlook for this year varies dramatically by market and price point. At a high level, there are three major markets on the upswing, one is holding its own, and two are showing signs of slowing. Markets on the Upswing: …