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4 Suggestions to Reduce Mortgage Policy Risk

Home builders are accustomed to taking risks. They buy land assuming the economy won’t crash, interest rates won’t skyrocket, and many other unknowns. As if home building wasn’t hard enough already, there’s a new risk: the QM (qualified mortgage) patch. …

The Biggest Checkbook in Home Building

Bruce Flatt, the CEO of Brookfield Asset Management and the keynote speaker at our upcoming client conference in New York in November, has been very busy spending tens of billions of dollars transforming how Americans will live in the future. …

Master-Planned Communities Welcome New Build-for-Rent Homes

Many people love living in master-planned communities for the lifestyle, which includes thoughtful land planning, recreational amenities, and good schools. Soon you could live in a new home in one of these gorgeous communities—without saving for a down payment and …

Local Affordability Issues Might Surprise You

We all know that New York is more expensive than Texas and that relocating home buyers can get more for their money in the South. However, for local housing industry executives, what matters is how expensive each market is in …

Mortgage Market Education

Despite the fact that the mortgage pays for about 90% of all housing revenue for every participant in the housing industry, we rarely see industry executives at mortgage conferences. So we are bringing the intelligence to you in this podcast. …

CNBC The Exchange: The Growing Build-To-Rent Trend

Categories: Rental Housing

Click here to view the video More and more homebuilders are thinking of becoming the landlords of the units they’re building. CNBC’s Diana Olick and John Burns join ‘The Exchange’ to discuss.     If you have any questions, please …

Affordable Apartments? Skip the Amenities

Categories: Rental Housing

New apartment communities must have amenities, right? Not necessarily. Our consumer research shows that the most valued amenity is frequently “low rent.” A recent survey by the NMHC showed that the two top community amenities nationwide are: reliable cell reception …

Top Design Judge in the Country Shares Her Insights on Design Trends

Lisa Parrish, who has led the industry’s design awards judging for the last 30 years (along with her husband and her father), provides a wealth of information in this podcast. At this year’s Gold Nuggets Awards show alone, she reviewed …

Only 54% of Americans Can Afford a Home

In the 130 metro areas we analyzed, only 54% of Americans can afford a home priced 20% below the median home price in their area—a reasonable proxy for an entry-level home1. The recent plunge in mortgage rates to 3.7% from …

Shifts in Home Design and Material Demand

Rapidly changing technologies and new home designs have surprised some industry executives. Designs That Shift Building Material Demand Rapidly changing new home designs have surprised building product company executives who have not been speaking directly with the home building community. …