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Phoenix is Rising

The Phoenix housing market is on fire, driven by strong economic growth, once in a generation affordability levels, and a surge in investment activity that far surpasses the levels during the housing boom. Once considered to be at ground zero …

Hawaii Offers Diverse Investment Opportunities

Our recent work in Hawaii shows us that there are three different types of investment opportunities to be had across the Hawaiian Islands today. Here are some takeaways that might help you identify a niche for yourself: The Ultra-Luxury Resort …

A Generational Shift in the Making

Categories: Rental Housing

The housing market is carving out a bottom and renters are slowly starting to purchase homes again. As shown below, the percentage of apartment REIT renters moving out to purchase a home rose last quarter. That said, the move-out to …

Home Prices Have Been Rising for 3 Months, but Nobody has Been Telling You

Over the last 3 months, prices are up in 90 of the 97 markets we analyzed. The average price increase over the last 3 months is 1.1%, or a 4.5% annual rate. This is big news, so why isn’t anyone …

After 5+ Year Hiatus, Master Planned Community Development Picked Up in 2011

An improving U.S. housing sales picture and a flow of available financing allowed a number of large residential-commercial projects around the U.S. to break ground, reposition product offerings or resume development in the past 12 months. Starting up for new …

Building Product Manufacturers: A mitigated strategy to invest in the distressed real estate market.

We have been diving deeper into the Building Product Manufacturer space of the past year in order to provide our clients with a broader picture of the overall housing market. It has become clearer to us that this space offers …

Why $200K to $300K is the New Normal for Home Builders, Even in the West

Since new home prices peaked in 2007, new single-family sales of over $500K have been more than cut in half, dropping from 13% to just 6% of all new home transactions. During this time, sales of under $200K have risen …

Real Estate Consumer Research Reveals Why People Are Not Buying Now

Consumers value the importance of homeownership, as we detailed in our last newsletter about our real estate consumer research. So what is keeping them from buying today? More than 20,000 people who recently visited a new home community responded to our …

Survey Reveals People Still Want to Own a Home

We understand important buyer preferences because more than 20,000 people responded to our 2012 “What Do You Call Home?” survey. Today’s “new normal” requires great emphasis on consumer preferences and values that impact the home purchase decision. Understanding these details …

50 Top-Selling U.S. Master Planned Communities for 2011

The Villages, an active adult community in the Orlando area with 2,307 sales, was 2011’s top-selling U.S. Master Planned Community (MPC) according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The Villages was the top seller in our 2010 survey as well, …