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The Light: Sustainable and Healthy Profits

According to three experts who just spoke on our monthly New Home Trends Institute webinar, increasing profitability through healthy and sustainable building requires three things.

Remaining Competitive in an Overly Competitive Market

If there used to be a hot tub full of cash for build-for-rent (BFR) deals, now there is an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Demand for BFR development is at an all-time high. BFR developers can usually outbid their competitors for land. …

The Light: Some Visibility on the Window Shortage (Pun Intended)

Home builders in a recent survey we conducted cited windows as the biggest material shortage right now. Average lead times for windows currently range from 4–15 weeks with some window lead times extending 20–45 weeks. Prior to COVID-19, lead times were typically 2–3 weeks.

The Light: Over $30 Billion in Capital Is Chasing 35-Year High in Single-Family Rent Growth

We identified 43 announcements totaling more than $30 billion in capital (see infographic below) that are targeting US rental housing.

The Light: Build-for-Rent Tenant Preferences

We now have concrete data to back some of the multi-million dollar decisions that single-family rental developers make. For each of the following categories, there are things you should spend more on, and things that matter less: Pet decisions Materials …

The Light: Inflation Is Good for Homeowners and Landlords

Inflation can present challenges, but it also presents opportunities, especially with two unique situations that are occurring today. It has been more almost 40 years since we have seen widespread inflation. Inflation is great for homeowners For homeowners today, as …

Jeff Adler on the Resilience of Real Estate

The last 18 months or so have been the proverbial roller coaster for the real estate industry. COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the nation but unlocked tremendous latent demand, changed where and how people lived, and left dramatically rising prices in …

The Light: Good Times Keep Rolling for Top Single-Family Rental Markets

The single-family rental (SFR) sector continues to impress in 2021, with new lease effective single-family rents exceeding double digits in many of the largest single-family rental markets.  Major differences by market In the last year, rents have fallen -1% in …

The Light: Homes That Make Us Feel Better: A Priority for 69% of Buyers

Last month we shared tips on how to cater to the 76% of homeowners* taking more steps to promote their physical health. This month, we focus on designing homes for the 69% of homeowners* taking more steps to enhance their …

Aligning Incentives for Affordable Housing

There is no arguing homelessness is a widespread issue. It is not limited to just urban markets, nor is it limited to those we see on the streets. Homelessness affects the workforce: our teachers and paramedics, our servers and service …