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The Light: Some Visibility on the Window Shortage (Pun Intended)

We identified 43 announcements totaling more than $30 billion in capital (see infographic below) that are targeting US rental housing.

The Light: Homes That Make Us Feel Better: A Priority for 69% of Buyers

Last month we shared tips on how to cater to the 76% of homeowners* taking more steps to promote their physical health. This month, we focus on designing homes for the 69% of homeowners* taking more steps to enhance their …

Inaugural Burns Resale Agent Survey Shines Light on Still Hot Housing Market

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We are proud to introduce the Burns Resale Housing Market Index (RHMI), a diffusion-based index driven by a proprietary survey of 6,000+ resale agents measuring the overall health and sentiment of national resale housing market fundamentals. Here’s what we learned …

The Light: New Homes Improve Your Health

New homes improve resident health in many ways, from reducing mold and odor to circulating healthier air throughout the house. Let’s spread the great news! Here are three steps you can take to increase new home sales: 1. Sell the …

The Light: Lack of Supply Is Pushing Rents and Home Prices

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Since the middle of 2019—with one huge pause last spring—housing demand has been greatly outstripping supply. More housing (both for-rent and for-sale) will help alleviate the current environment of rapidly rising rents and home prices. We are well on our …

The Light: The Rise of the Sister Cities as an Affordability Solution

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Just like little sisters steal their big sister’s clothes, sister cities across the country are stealing home buyers from their larger and nearby major metros. Many buyers and renters who will no longer be required to come to the office …

The Light: Are Big Companies Better at Hitting a Moving Target?

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How do you invest in the future when revenues, expenses, and costs are swinging so wildly that it is difficult to even determine where they are today? Underwriting investments has perhaps never been harder than today because revenue and cost …

The Light: Putting Your DIY Skills to Work

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The 20+ year decline in DIY activity appears to have ended. Today, DIY projects per household are 46% lower than they were in the 1990s, leaving significant room for growth. We believe a rebound is underway in DIY. COVID-19 dramatically …

The Light: Taking on the Affordability Challenge

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The housing market continues to see massive price appreciation, and affordability has become a top concern among developers, builders, and home buyers. Here are some creative ways we see builders combating affordability (and succeeding!) Builders ARE finding design solutions. Creative …

The Light: Shedding Light on the Housing Supply “Shortage”

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We are sending this out one day early because we planned ahead for the last 6 weeks to shut off our laptops for 4 days to give our team a much deserved break. True statements can lead to misleading conclusions, …