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Public Builders Scooping up Finished Lots

Public builders are dominating finished lot purchases, which is increasing their market share in major metropolitan areas. Although demand for lots and land cooled slightly in the 2nd quarter, our survey of the top land brokers in large metropolitan areas …

It’s About Payment, Not Price!

For those consumers who are waiting to buy a home, are you aware that you could be “priced out” of the market by rising mortgage rates and tighter underwriting, even if home prices fall? Do you still want to wait? …

SF Bay Area All About Location

The core parts of the Bay Area are outperforming more outlying areas. Where are the bright spots? The healthiest housing markets within the Bay Area can roughly be defined by a steep inward facing arc from San Francisco, down along …

Tremendous Demographic Shift

The growth in non-family households is staggering! The number of non-family households – people living alone or households that do not have any members related to the householder – has increased nearly five times in the last 50 years, from …

Sales Rates and Concessions: Understanding the Dance

Net prices continue to decline because many builders are finding that they can generate some sales via concessions, which wasn’t true last year after the tax credit expiration. We asked builders across the country to tell us about the incentives …

Misery and Politics

With elected and appointed officials debating the future of housing, those who make real estate decisions today have to have a view (or at least a risk/reward tradeoff) on the key issues being debated in DC these days. Officials are …

Apartments to Benefit the Most from 3.4 million Units of Pent-Up Housing Demand

Categories: Rental Housing

We believe the apartment business is set to explode, with steadily rising rents and occupancy that will justify new construction. Here are the three primary reasons for the optimistic outlook: Pent-Up Demand: We recently calculated 3.4 million units of pent-up …

The Math Behind the Mortgage Interest Deduction

In February, we handicapped a 75% chance that Congress would reduce the mortgage interest deduction, when consensus among our clients was only a 32% likelihood. Since Congress is getting closer to acting, we are publishing a free copy of our …

Why Isn’t Housing Recovering?

For nearly two years, corporate profits have been surging, GDP has been growing, and the majority of the key indicators we track have been moving in the right direction. Yet, home sales have remained in the dumps. The indicators that …

Finding Capital For Tomorrow’s Growth

There is plenty of capital out there to do deals. We just moderated a very diverse panel who has invested more than $1.5 billion in home building and land in the last year. We also discussed these topics: Construction Debt: …