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Texas Master-Plan Communities Dominate

Last year, sales in the top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) totaled 16,481 units, or approximately 5% of the estimated 306,000 new U.S. home sales for the year. Texas dominates the top 50. Of the 50 top-selling MPCs in the country, …

Las Vegas Is A Great Bet Today

In Las Vegas today, home sales are strong and prices are appreciating. Strong Sales: In our proprietary Housing From the Frontlines™ builder survey, every builder sold at least four homes per community in a recent month. Rising Prices: In our …

One Size Will Not Fit All in the San Francisco Bay Area

For many environmentalists and planners, high density urban housing is the Holy Grail, and they are making it increasingly more difficult for new suburbs to emerge. Though demographic shifts will help drive demand for this product, this will not be …

Florida’s Housing Market is Booming, but Will it Last?

  Many areas of Florida are showing signs of renewed housing demand. Builders are buying lots and land in order to position themselves for future growth. In our most recent Residential Land Survey, 78% of Florida builders noted that finished …

Fear and Greed Have Short Memories

The memories of 2007 through 2011 are clouding too many people’s vision. There are plenty of legacy problems from the housing boom that have yet to clear, and plenty of risk to the downside, but the demand, supply and affordability …

The Emerging Urbanization of America

Housing production is on the upswing in the United States and in many markets it is being driven by an increase in multi-family unit production that will make MSA’s more urban. For the U.S., seasonally adjusted multi-family housing starts are …

Government Mortgage Policies Will Determine the Speed of the Recovery

Our current view on housing is that the market has bottomed and the slow recovery is underway. But now the question we are often asked is, “What does that recovery look like?” While we could make a bull case for …

Booming Rental Markets

Categories: Rental Housing

The apartment market is strong. All of the large metropolitan areas in the US are seeing rent growth and declining vacancies, but location still matters. We recently completed our forecasts for 78 apartment markets across the country and we expect …

Rental Housing Boom Set to Explode

Categories: Rental Housing

Rental households comprise 34% of the housing stock, and are growing at the incredible rate of 1.6 million per year, while owned households are actually declining in number. This is an incredible surge in demand. In our summary of the …

What’s Your Strategy Today? Value Box? I Don’t think so.

Style matters more today than ever before, according to the more than 20,000 people who took our survey this year on “What Does Style Mean to You?” Take a look at what this huge sample of consumers rated as the …