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2010 Land Acquisition and New Home Sales Strategy

In response to many requests for strategic advice, at an affordable price, of what the right strategies should be for buying land and selling homes next year, we just completed our 2010 Land Acquisition and New Home Sales Strategy report …

You are an Economist

Although you may not think of yourself as someone who forecasts the economy, you are making a big bet on the economy every time you make a decision that you will have to live with for several years. These decisions …

Get the Most Out Of This New Window of Stimulus

The home building industry got a huge boost last week, as the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 was passed. Here are the implications: Build Spec Homes: The $8,000 per home extension for entry-level buyers will continue to …

Survey Confirms that Traffic is Slowing as The Tax Credit Nears Expiration

Each month, we receive survey responses from 250+ home builder executives across the country, who manage 1,700+ communities in about 90 MSAs, and use their feedback as one tool to analyze housing market conditions. Our format asks specific questions, but …

Commercial RE Distress Will Have A Big Impact on Housing

We were lucky enough to present at an all day Commercial Real Estate Symposium at the Fed, where the preeminent industry experts from each real estate sector shared what is occurring in their industry. Prior to the meeting, we had …

The Housing Market is about to Become Even More Oversupplied

While both the media and stock investors believe that housing has bottomed, they are unaware of the massive supply of homes that are already in the foreclosure process that will certainly drive home prices down even further when they are …

Short Sales Are About to Increase

Get ready for the short sales. According to a Treasury spokeswoman, Treasury officials will soon announce a $2,500 subsidy ($1,000 to the servicer and $1,500 to the seller) to encourage short sales as a way to clear the excess inventory. …

The Demise of the Construction Industry

Construction in some really big markets has died, but we found a number of surprises when we decided to rank the Top 20 markets compared to the national peak in 2005. Our takeaways: A Sliver of its Former Self We …

Investors Are Back in Full Force

Investor buyers are back and help explain some of the resurgence in sales we have seen in many markets. Investor sales now constitute nearly 26% of total sales in the 53 markets where we track this statistic, which is higher …

FHA Likely To Be The Next Shoe To Drop

The FHA is a big reason that home prices haven’t fallen even further. The FHA’s aggressive lending programs have continued throughout the housing downturn, causing its market share of the mortgage industry to grow from 2% in 2005 to 23% …