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Permanent Tech Disruptions to Home Sales

rpalacios@realestateconsulting.com | (949) 870-1244 Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Technology has permanently taken two months off the time required to sell a home. New real estate technologies empower: A new group of highly informed, quick-close, all-cash buyers Very informed homeowners who are increasingly …

Three New Masterplan Trends

Pools, playgrounds, and clubhouses are no longer enough to lure home buyers to buying in a new home community. Today’s masterplan developers increasingly focus on making life convenient and enjoyable for their residents. Here are some great examples of community …

Significant Swings in Competition

Is your local new home competition up 15% or down 10% over the last year? How much will it increase or decrease in the next year? In the last year, new home competition has: Surged 15% or more in eight …

Student Debt’s Drag on Homeownership

For eight years in a row now, homeownership has fallen in the first quarter, and we expect another small decline to be announced. In our book Big Shifts Ahead, we forecast homeownership of 60.8% by 2025. Demographics are the most …

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 …

Only a Few Bubble Signs Brewing

Once again, we have completed our annual housing bubble check-in. Assessing the criteria that 73 industry executives identified in 2013, we found three qualitative signs of a bubble, two signs of a mini-bubble, and five signs of no bubble. Click …

Apartment Returns Shifting to Secondary Markets

Co-Authored by Alex Wilson, Research Analyst Secondary apartment markets and what we call surban™ locations (desirable suburban locations with urban amenities) have shifted to become outperformers. Secondary markets (determined by historical permit activity) have had less construction than primary markets and …

M&A Heating Up

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for acquisitions. We have been very busy helping both buyers and sellers with their market due diligence and cash flow forecasting for multiple recapitalization, IPO, and M&A transactions that have already …

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; …

Housing’s Got a Spring in Its Step This Year

Three months into 2017, it is clear to us that home builders have started the year off on a much better foot than 2016. Based on our monthly survey of over 300 home builders across the country, new home sales …