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In a recent post to his GatesNotes blog, former Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates wrote about the future of global consumption and a theory called, “relative dematerialization.” This theory suggests that, as innovation lets us make a given product more efficiently, with fewer materials or energy, prices go down and consumption goes up. Someone figures out how to make cell phones with less metal, which makes them cheaper, which makes them more widespread. Less metal per phone, but more phones, so more metal overall.
Consider that, in our industry, steel and concrete are much cheaper to produceRead More
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy Report / November 4, 2014
As we approach the end of the year, it is always important to start to imagine what next year will look like for housing. I think about that question every day, debating it, analyzing it, looking at the data, and imagining different scenarios.
Over the past few years the public on builders have been announcing that they have wanted to increase their community counts. To that end, large amounts of land were bought in 2012 and 2013 that are now being seen in the data as new lot “deliveries.” We are seeing strong increases in new lot development in markets all around The country. (“Lot deliveries”Read More
Katie Gloede / BUILDER / November 3, 2014
The creative class, made up approximately 7.9 million Americans from artists to architectural engineers in three different categories, is characterized by young intermetropolitan mobility, according to a 2013 paper by Charlynn Burd of the US Census Bureau. The creative class categories include “analytic,” ranging from the biological and computer scientists, “synthetic,” ranging from architects to engineers, and “symbolic,” including artists, musicians, and the like. The creative class is most mobile during the age range from 25 to 39 whenRead More
Paul Winans / Remodeling / October 24, 2014
As a consultant to remodeling business owners, I spend a considerable amount of time on the phone. These hour-long calls, done with some regularity (ideally, monthly), can make a big difference in the success of a business. Anytime a business owner gets an informed outside perspective, there is the potential to speed up the progress of the company.
It’s not unusual for me to have a business owner request that I speak with one or more of her employees. By listening carefully to both the owner and the employee, I can provide insight on how the pair can improve their working relationship.
Judith Miller / October 2014
Think of this summer’s rush of work as the meal conceived of and planned in the dreary light of February and March. Now that we’ve eaten it, our stomachs are full, and as the bright light of summer fades, reality once again sets in. If you’re like many remodelers I work with, you’re concerned about work in November and December; few of my clients have backlogs of contracted work that would last longer than 4 months or that would provide one-third of annual volume.
So, what does 2015 look like? “Hard to tell” is the right answer, given the complexities involved in economic predictions.Read More