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Raging Bear Becomes Raging Bull

“I was a raging bear for five years, and now I am a raging bull.” See this video clip where I discuss the housing recovery driven by investors, flippers, entry-level buyers and older buyers (but not families), and discuss what …

Construction Activity Thriving In Texas And The Southeast

Of the top 10 markets with the most single-family construction activity over the last year, six are located in Texas and the Southeast. The ranking table below shows the top 20 markets in the country. We have ranked them in …

From Dirt To Drywall, The Stock Market Clearly Believes In A Housing Recovery

It’s no news that homebuilder stock prices have more than doubled over the last year, but did you know wallboard companies are up on average by 177% and land holding companies by 56%? Drilling down further, more than 140 companies …

Six Ways Single Family Renters Are Different

Categories: Rental Housing

The growing investor interest in the single family rental market understandably brings a lot of questions. Some of the most frequent ones we hear from clients and contacts are: “Who are the people renting these homes?” “Why are they doing …

Three Apartment Amenities To Increase Occupancy And Revenue

The recent growth in apartment construction is yielding some creative benefits for would-be renters. In an effort to appeal to a more diverse group, each amenity goes straight to the heart of lifestyle and often addresses problems that might have …

Does Curbside Appeal Matter? Our Consumer Research Says Yes!

According to 20,000+ new home prospects from our Consumer Insights 2012 survey, “Neighborhood Street Appeal” is the #2 most important community feature they are looking for in their next home (refer to chart below). While “Neighborhood Street Appeal” was logically …

A Huge Capital Advantage

Last week, NVR borrowed $600 million for 10 years at 3.95%, and Toll borrowed $250 million for 20 years at 0.5% with a bondholder option to convert the debt to equity at a price that is 50% above today’s stock …

Homebuilders Finally Reclaiming Market Share

After six long years, homebuilders are back in business – literally. New home sales are up 25% year-over-year and 36% from the 2011 bottom. As shown in the chart below, homebuilders are also finally reclaiming market share. During the downturn, …

Homeownership Plunges To Lowest Rate In Almost 50 Years

The “real” homeownership rate, which we define to be the percentage of households who own a home and are not 90 days or more delinquent on their mortgage, has fallen to 62.1%, which is the lowest level in almost 50 …

An Investor-Driven Recovery

Investors are buying homes at a more rapid pace than ever before, and this time their investments actually make sense. Most are buying homes below replacement costs, or at prices that allow for a reasonable rental return. Across the 167 …