News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University / June 26, 2013
Driven by rising home prices and growing demand, the U.S. housing recovery is well underway, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report released on June 26, 2013 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. While still at historically low levels, housing construction has finally turned the corner, giving the economy a much-needed boost. But even as the recovery gains momentum, millions of homeowners are still delinquent on their mortgages or owe more than their homes are worth, and severe housing cost burdens have set a new record.Read More
BUILDER / June 21, 2013
Every year, for its Guide to Building Products special issue, Builder magazine commissions an in-depth study surveying what brands builders recognize most, use most, how they rate the products’ quality, and which companies are best at communicating with builders. The study is conducted by Readex, an independent research company.
The complete results of the Brand Use Studies from 2010, 2011, and 2012 are available in PDF format. To download the study sections, just click on the link.
Two items to note:
- These PDF files are fairly large,
Met Life / May 31, 2013
A new survey from Met Life of the oldest baby boomers—people born in 1946—finds this group even more likely than they were five years ago to keep living where they are rather than move as part of retirement.
- More than half (52%) of oldest Boomers (and their spouses) have fully retired, up from 19% in 2007 and 45% in 2011.
- 86% of the oldest Boomers are currently collecting Social Security benefits- of those, 43% started collecting earlier than expected.
- Most are now empty nesters, but have more grandchildren (average of 4.8 up from 2.6 in 2008); 13% are caring for parents or relatives.
Michael Stelzner / Social Media Examiner / May 21, 2013
Are you wondering how your peers are using social media?
Wondering if you should focus on Pinterest or podcasting, or put more effort into Facebook?
In our fifth annual social media study, more than 3000 marketers reveal where they focus their social media activities, how much time they invest, what the rewards are and where they’ll plan their future efforts.
To understand how marketers are using social media, Social Media Examiner commissioned its fifth annual 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report.
We set out to uncover the “who, what, where, when and why” of social media marketingRead More
Meghan Lockwood / HubSpot / May 8, 2013
HubSpot’s fifth annual executive review of inbound marketing trends and tactics
Inbound marketing not only has staying power, it’s growing. It has proven itself to be much more than the next shiny technology or the latest buzzword. The research shows that nearly 60% of marketers have adopted inbound marketing strategies and more than 80% of those executing inbound marketing have integrated it into broader company goals. People are also investing more in inbound, as budgets for this strategy have grown nearly 50% in each of the past three years.Read More