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Smart Home Tech Quickly Becoming Standard in New Homes

While smart home technology was an interesting new home upgrade option three years ago, new home buyers in most price ranges and locations now expect new homes to come equipped with the ability to control temperatures, lighting, security, and other …

New Single-Family Rental Market Index: Healthy Industry with Strong Leasing Demand and High Occupancy

Categories: Rental Housing

John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) and The National Rental Home Council (NRHC) released the inaugural Single-Family Rental Market Index (SFRMI), a first-of-its-kind resource that will serve as the definitive gauge of professionally managed single-family rental industry conditions. With scores above …

Water: The Rising Tide of MPC Amenities

90% of the 50 top-selling master-planned communities (MPCs) include a significant water amenity! While working on our year-end summary of the best-selling masterplans, we noted some amazing water-inspired amenities.   44 fishing ponds and lakes in The Woodlands by Woodlands …

The Trends That Matter

Which trends will matter and which will not? One way we think about this is by looking at the adoption curve below. Which innovations will explode along the green line versus stagnate along the red line? In this podcast episode, …

Unique Perspectives from Taylor Morrison’s CEO

Sheryl Palmer, the CEO of the sixth-largest home builder in the country, joined our podcast host Dean Wehrli for one of the most insightful interviews I have heard in a while. Sheryl shared her: Unique and very thoughtful view of …

Fall 2019 DesignLens Trends Update

Each year, our team visits thousands of new home communities and masterplans and selects 84 innovative and inspirational developments to photograph and analyze. We also invite the most innovative people we know to our collaborative Housing Design Summit each February, …

Southern California New Home Market Trends and Strategies—4Q 2019

Los Angeles Negative fallout from the passage of Proposition JJJ in 2016 is beginning to be felt in the new home market as the pipeline of for-sale slab-on-grade housing projects in the City of Los Angeles dwindles. Total permits in …

Gaming Tech Comes to Home Building

The gaming industry has led the development of 3D video tools that builders and architects are now using to enhance sales, reduce construction costs, and speed up entitlements. These tools are virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). In this …

Home Building Less than Half of What It Used to Be

14 years ago, construction in the top 10 markets totaled 394,000 single-family homes. Today, those markets are building 54% fewer homes! Note the huge difference in recovery. While Houston (#3 in 2005) and Dallas (#5 in 2005) have largely recovered, …

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. …