Regional Housing Market Intelligence

The Single-Story Advantage: It Might Be More than You Think

Single-story homes are a hot commodity. However, as high land prices and scarce space continue to drive densities higher, the share of single-level floor plans is shrinking. With buyers fighting over a limited supply, we would expect single-story homes to …

A New Home Alternative to Your Hovel

Coastal California home prices have skyrocketed, creating great opportunities for homeowners to cash out and move to a smaller, nicer home. Check out this news clip featuring Dean Wehrli on the trend toward surban™ living. . Click here to view video …

Higher-Density Housing in Great Locations Is Catching On

Our consumer research clearly shows that price-sensitive first-time buyers are willing to trade lot and home size for a better location these days. We have a subscription service and searchable database of photographs of the best designed homes called DesignLens, …

Houston vs. Los Angeles

With Houston and Los Angeles squaring off to see who has the better baseball team, we thought it would be fun to compare these two massive housing markets. To do so, I turned to our monthly Metro Analysis and Forecast …

Hurricane Harvey’s Business Impact

Houstonians are resilient. The conversation here in Houston has already changed from “I hope your family is safe and dry” to “What does this mean for our business?” We did some meaningful research to help answer that question and concluded …

Housing—It’s a Matter of Life or Defense (Spending)

Under President Trump’s proposed federal budget, the DC region could lose $1.2 billion in federal procurement dollars, mostly in Maryland and the District of Columbia. However, while the region will suffer, Virginia’s suburbs could experience an increase in federal defense …

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 …

Atlanta Is the Winner in the Super Bowl of Housing

This Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will battle it out in Houston, Texas, at Super Bowl 51. The Patriots may be favored to win the game, but Atlanta beats Boston in the housing market. Based on our most recent …

5 Reasons to Be Positive on Phoenix

In preparation for our company’s keynote speech at the Land and Housing Forecast in Phoenix this week, it became clear to me that Phoenix is positioned for huge growth. Five of the main demographic trends noted in the book Big Shifts …