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The Light: Market Opportunities

Despite the tremendous economic distress caused by COVID-19, our clients continue to find strong renter and home buyer demand for newly built homes across the country. This week we highlight the markets and real estate segments where we are consulting …

Hit the Gas, Tap the Brakes, and Change Direction

COVID-19’s massive impact on home life has sent clear signals that our clients are using to adjust their home sales, marketing, and designs. Here are 6 strategies we suggest, along with a 25-minute presentation Mikaela Sharp recently gave summarizing the …

The Light: Remember the Healthy Amenities

So much of today’s dialogue about housing relates to making the home a place of comfort and safety. The same is true for the community. As we continue to assess master plans across the country, we’ve noted the amenities that …

The Light: Retail—Reimagine, Reuse, and Recycle

The devastation wrought by retail closures will bring opportunities for redevelopment. Our consulting group was already considering new, residential options for dated retail spaces, which often feature desirable locations, close to employment, transportation, and services. Historically low mortgage rates will …

How Apartments Can Adapt and Thrive as the Market Shifts

It may not exactly be “adapt or die” for apartments in the changing world, but it is adapt or wither. Luckily, says Greg West, CEO of ZOM Living, apartments have already started many of the adaptations they will need to …

The Light: Giving Back

Each week we strive to find new opportunities in the housing industry. In this edition of the Light, we choose to highlight instances of “inspirational wins,” when, against the backdrop of challenging circumstances, people demonstrate what is most important. Our friends …

The Light: The New American Home Buyer

New home construction is perhaps the brightest spot in the economy right now. Thanks to The Great American Move, low mortgage rates, and a hyperawareness about living environment, new home sales in June exceeded those in the same month last year …

The Light: Celebrating the American Home

As we celebrate our country this weekend, we consider and appreciate our role in helping our clients create and finance highly desirable and inspirational places to live. Now, perhaps more than ever, the home is playing an important part in …

Investing All over the Place and All the Time

Jason Keller, Oaktree Capital’s Managing Director in charge of residential investments, shares his thoughts on high-yield investing in 2020. Host Dean Wehrli asked some of the best questions I have ever heard him ask. Jason has the advantage of working …

The Light: The Fourth Tee

It has been 15 weeks since stay-at-home orders were issued in most parts of the country. The housing market remains on solid footing, helped in part by some of the most substantial government intervention in history. So where are we …