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.
Charlotte O'Malley / MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE / September 11, 2013
During the #MFEC exclusive presentation on MFE’s Concept Community, we discussed lessons learned while covering the student housing beat with our industry partners American Campus Communities, Fountain Residential, Humphreys & Partners, KTGY, and J Turner Research. The culmination of all our research and survey data was seen in two virtual communities unveiled during the session, which paint a full picture of the ideal student housing community that Gen Y longs for.
The first “concept community” presented during the session was designed by KTGY, the same architectureRead More
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) – Millennials are more confident than any other age group that their recent home purchase was a good financial investment, according to a new study released today. The inaugural 2013 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends evaluated the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers and found that while eight out of 10 recent buyers considered their home purchase a good financial investment, the number was even higher, 85 percent, for younger buyers under the age of 32.
“Homeownership is an investment in yourRead More
Kris Hudson / The Wall Street Journal / May 15, 2013
Many housing observers agree that Generation Y—people from 18 to 34 years of age—largely prefers downtown living, often in rental apartments with easy access to walkable neighborhoods and public transportation.
The real question is whether they’ll outgrow those tastes once they earn higher salaries and have kids.
The Urban Land Institute, or ULI, the land-use association that long has championed dense development over sprawl, this week plans to release the results of a survey of generational housing preferences, highlighting those of Generation Y. The survey, to be released atRead More
Annie Lowrey / The New York Times / March 26, 2013
When I was a kid, my grandmother used to spirit packets of oyster crackers from restaurants. She unwrapped gifts meticulously, peeling back the tape with her nails so that she could reuse the paper. She also stockpiled so many coupon-bought cans that she probably could have had her own show on TLC.
These habits, judging by both anecdote and literature, were generational. My grandmother was born in 1917 and entered the work force during the Great Depression. I’ve been thinking of her generation — the one that saved rather than spent, preserved rather than squandered — a lot lately. In the
Cheryl Weber / BUILDER / March 5, 2013
BSB Design aims to jump-start Gen Y buyers by offering hip, pristine homes they can afford.
- In an industry moment poised between post-crash and comeback, a number of forward-thinking design firms are focusing on housing innovations that might coax buyers out of hibernation. The creative brief isn’t just about mustering the will to buy, although one can never underestimate the power of great design, but about what people can comfortably afford in an era of diminished purchasing power and tentative employment conditions. Give them a smart product and a stress-free way to have it, and you’ve