Demographics and Consumer Insights

Here you will find all of our articles with topics that cover demographics and consumer insights.

Effective Land Planning by Life Stage

Are you sick and tired of making multi-million dollar educated guesses about what amenities will be most popular in your master-planned community? Here are some findings from our large consumer survey that will help you build and locate the right …

The 4 Big Demographic Influencers

  In episode 5 of our podcast, consulting leader Dean Wehrli interviews John Burns regarding the 4-5-6 rule for demographic-based decision making, which is covered in chapter 3 of the book Big Shifts Ahead. Click here to subscribe to future …

Surban: The Next Big Change to the American Landscape

The residential construction industry is shifting away from the suburban template that exploded in popularity in the 1950s to a new template we call surban™. In the analysis below, we will show you some thriving new home development examples and …

The Millennial Perception of Homeownership

  Consulting leader Dean Wehrli volunteered to host our new podcast. You never know what to expect from Dean. Click here to subscribe to future episodes. For episode 3 of our New Home Insights Podcast, Dean talks with three millennials …

Retirees Want More Dogs and Gardens, Less Golf and Pickle Ball

Retiree amenity preferences shift over time. In our book Big Shifts Ahead, Chris Porter and I broke the generations into decade born because the traditional definitions involved far too many years. By doing so, we have been able to identify shifting …

A 5-Year Delay in Homeownership, Other Big Shifts

Generational definitions of millennial tend to be too broad. As our company’s housing demographer, I am responsible for bringing clarity on these categories to our clients. Here are two great charts and five interesting conclusions on household formation and homeownership …

What the Shrinking Middle Class Means for Housing

The widening gap in income distribution trends in the US has significant implications for home buying activity and homeownership. The shrinking size of the American middle class (those who make between two-thirds and double the median US household income*) has …

Give Us Music, Fresh Food, Wine, and Cornhole

Boomer masterplan developers still don’t understand us millennials. Their marketing tries to entice us with their version of cool: the flashiest new gadget, the most up to date home technology, or a community social connection. Our research (and my own …

Challenges Mount for First-Time Buyers

One of our first-time home buyer team members just lost out on a home purchase, as only the top 5 bids (out of 20!) were given the opportunity to increase their offer! Homeownership costs continue to grow faster than incomes, …

Roll the DICE on a Growing Buyer Profile

DICE, Dual Income College Educated (you heard the term here first!), households continue to increase in numbers. The number of households with two college educated spouses/partners in the labor force has exploded, increasing 13 times since the 1960s!!! . . …