The Light

Rate Buydowns Help Buyers Purchase New Homes

In early December, 75% of nationally surveyed home builders confirmed they are buying down buyers’ mortgage rates to make payments more affordable.

The Current Housing Cycle Landscape

A few weeks ago, we updated our Top 10 Signs of a Market Bubble poster, showing that 8 out of 10 quantitative and 8 out of 10 qualitative signs all point to why the housing bubble is set to pop.

Building Material Price Stability

While housing starts have been steadily declining since February, our recent survey of more than 500 remodelers shows a slight remodeling decline ahead too.

“Housing Reset” Becoming Widespread

The Fed’s plan—in the words of Chair Powell—to create a “housing reset” is working in more ways than many realize.

Construction Cost Relief for Builders and Developers Coming

For those builders and developers who are worried about lower home sale and rental revenues if there is a recession next year: take solace that there will be some cost relief too.

Opportunities to Cut Costs, Not Value

In response to many requests, we found 3 actively selling or recently sold out projects we photographed and analyzed in our New Home Trends Institute’s DesignLens™ database where builders stripped out some huge costs and still sold really well.

Booming Labor Alternative

The prefab structural component manufacturer industry is booming, thanks in part to the lack of available labor.