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The Woonerf Solution

Woonerf has made its way to the United States. The Dutch term, which means “living street,” refers to streets with characteristics such as slow “walking pace” speed limits and shared spaces for cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Alan Scales and Ken Ryan, two …

The Rapid Disruption of Home Building

The home building industry is rapidly changing in some very exciting ways. New technologies are allowing homes to be built better than ever, while also enabling home buyers to live much more comfortably and conveniently in a new home than …

4 Cultural Crossovers to Improve Sales

In a recent webinar for our DesignLens™ clients titled Cultural Crossover 2020, Susan Yashinsky from Sphere Trending summarized four cultural shifts that builders and developers should incorporate in their designs. For our DesignLens™ members, we identify and analyze eight innovations each …

Lower Mortgage Rates for Energy-Efficient Homes?

In our latest podcast episode, CR Herro, the Vice President of Innovation at Meritage Homes, articulates changes coming to the new home industry. Like the car industry in America 30 or 40 years ago, new home builders are facing a …

Smarter Robots, Wooden Skyscrapers, and Processes That DO Work

Labor shortages, supply-chain inefficiencies, and rising material costs consistently top the list of what keeps our clients up at night. We hear these pains expressed every month in our builder and building product industry surveys and can’t escape news headlines …

Effective Marketing by Life Stage

23,000+ new home shoppers told us how to market more effectively to them. Properly allocating marketing efforts can easily make the difference between selling 3 or 4 homes per month. We learned that: Local advertising and geofencing are more effective …

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 …

Disruptive Forces in Construction

Margaret Whelan, an industry investment banker who has successfully raised money for several innovative housing companies, explains why this time is going to be different with respect to off-site construction. While there is a wide spectrum of construction possibilities in …

Two Housing Rules of Thumb That Can Get You into Trouble

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr We still hear two housing industry rules of thumb that make us cringe: 5% is still a great mortgage rate. Anything less than 6 months of supply is healthy. First of all, the mortgage payment is what matters, …

Making Sense of the Single-Family Rental Industry

Dallas Tanner, the Chief Investment Officer who co-founded Invitation Homes in 2012 and has grown it to be the landlord for more than 80,000 rental homes across the US, shares with us the future of rental homes. Invitation Homes strategically …