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.
Paul Emrath / NAHB / July 8, 2013
A recent NAHB article reports on the top features for an upscale new home. The article is based on a statistical analysis of a long list of (approximately 120) features that home buyers rated on a consistent scale in the survey for What Home Buyers Really Want. The features spanned many aspects of the home, including windows, doors, kitchens, baths, specialty rooms, decorative features, accessibility, energy savings, and type of development in which it’s located
From this list, the statistical analysis grouped together a number of features that tended to be luxury or upscale items—whichRead More
NAHB / June 3, 2013
During National Homeownership Month in June, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is telling young people that the time is right to buy a home, and the nation’s builders are building the homes they want.
“As the economy recovers and young people who had to live at home with their parents move forward with their lives and achieve their dreams of homeownership, home builders are delivering homes that cater to the floor plans, features and affordability that this generation desires,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C.
More thanRead More
Jed Kolko, Trulia / The Atlantic Cities / May 3, 2013
Would you rather have a newly-built home or a piece of local history? Across America today, you can find homes for sale that were built in the 19th century or as recently as yesterday. There’s no mistaking a 1920s Dutch colonial, a 1970s A-frame, or a 2000s home tricked out with the latest spa features.
To guide you through the decades, we looked at listings on Trulia from the past two years and found descriptive phrases that are most characteristic of homes built in each decade.
But just because you want a 19th century Victorian or a 1950s brick rambler doesn’t mean you can find one: each regionRead More
Paul Emrath / NAHB / April 11, 2013
Roughly one-third of home buyers are looking for a home with two full bathrooms, and roughly one-third of both new and existing homes have exactly two full bathrooms. But over half of buyers want a home with more than two full baths, and that’s where new homes do a much better job of matching current preferences.
According to NAHB’s recent What Home Buyers Really Want survey, 43 percent of recent and prospective buyers want a home with either two and a half or three full baths. That matches exactly the percentage of new homes built in 2011 with two and a half or three full baths. OnRead More
Heather Taylor / NAHB / April 9, 2013
A new index by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finds that as many as 43% of homes have some kind of physical problem. For decades, HUD has used data from its American Housing Survey (AHS) to track the quality of American homes. But the measures constructed by HUD to detect physically inadequate homes had not been studied for a long time.
Then, in early 2012, NAHB published a study that critically reviewed the traditional HUD measures and proposed its own, new measure of inadequacy (still using the AHS data). A home is a complicated product, so you need to investigateRead More