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Veterans Can’t get the Mortgages They Need

Our survey of 188 home building executives last month turned up a very interesting, and disturbing, finding. More builders are shying away from selling homes to Vets because VA appraisers have become so conservative that the homes rarely close. In …

Timing, Timing, Timing in 2012

There is no better time to find talent than today, so we are making a big addition to our management team, adding Carl Reichardt Jr. as our new Managing Director of Research. Carl will help translate all of the great …

Defending Our Optimism

Since our client webinar last January, we have been defending our realism, which was viewed as optimism by most of our clients, whether they are builders, developers, product manufacturers, private equity investors or public markets investors. We called for home …

Moneyball Comes to Housing

In 2002, Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta of the Oakland A’s figured out how to find baseball players who were undervalued by relying on quantitative research that disproved rules of thumb that scouts had been using for years. In 2011, …

Reasons for Moving Have Shifted Dramatically

People buy homes for many different reasons, and the mix of reasons has shifted lately. Family-related reasons, such as marriage or divorce, is an increasing percentage, while the desire for homeownership is a decreasing percentage of home buyers. This supports …

Homeownership To Fall 8%

We have done a lot of quantitative and qualitative research on the future of homeownership, and concluded that homeownership is likely to fall eight percentage points, from 70%* in 2005 to 62% in 2015. Fox Business News did a nice …

Home Design Matters

We’ve just launched our 2nd Annual Home Buyer Survey in order to collect the latest insight on home buying preferences from thousands of active home shoppers. Last year’s survey of almost 10K recent home shoppers overwhelmingly showed that design matters …

Really? More High Rises in Southern Florida?

Condos in High Demand For investors, current market conditions in the southern part of the Sunshine State couldn’t be better. Depressed pricing, low interest rates, a strong rental market and favorable foreign currency exchange rates are pumping up the housing …

John Burns Real Estate Consulting at ULI

John Burns Real Estate Consulting will be at the ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles October 25-28. Send an email by clicking on a name below if you are interested in meeting. John Burns – CEO Tuesday Community Development Council …

Debt is Addictive, and Requires a Painful Rehab

The Addict: The charts below tell the story. The typical U.S. consumer has become addicted to debt, and the banker/dealer continues to supply more debt drugs in the form of credit cards as well as low interest rate loans for …