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.
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / August 6, 2014
The government release on housing starts for June showed a sharp decline, concentrated in what the Census Bureau defines as “The South.” Single-family starts were down in June by 9.0% from the previous month, and down 4.3% from twelve months earlier. Within that number, almost all the decline was in the South, down 20.1% versus the previous month and down 14.5% versus a year ago.
Rumors of the South’s demise are greatly exaggerated.Read More
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / July 24, 2014
New home sales data from the Census Bureau showed a drop of 8.1% on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The decline since the beginning of the year comes to 11%.
The northeastern U.S. markets slowed sharply.
In June, and so far in July, we are back to a situation where home shoppers are shopping but a relatively small proportion of them are actually buying. This is explained in some cases by a long lead time (people taking longer to make a decision), and in other cases by a complete reluctance to buy.
Here is a look at the last year in New Home Sales by region showing sales have decreased slightly over theRead More
Builder / July 7, 2014
What’s happening in Vegas? Greg Gross, Metrostudy regional director for Northern California and Nevada, explains the steady return to a new normal for a Sin City, a housing crash epicenter, and Nor Cal’s affordability struggle in his market overview at the 2014 Housing Leadership Summit.
Builder / June 30, 2014
Are the days of being able to purchase a new home in Dallas-Fort Worth under $200,000 soon to be gone?
At Hanley Wood’s Housing leadership summit last month I spoke about how the housing recovery has been led by the move-up price points. I also spoke about the supply constraints facing the Dallas-Fort Worth market and how it is rapidly driving up the price of lots and new homes. Builders and developers have appropriately focused their new developments in the move up price ranges. Starts are now back to the peak level of 2006 for homes priced over $300,000 and lot deliveries are exceeding the
Metrostudy / July 1, 2014
July 1, 2014: Houston Texas – Metrostudy’s 1Q14 survey of the Texas Housing market shows even as housing continues to boom, new and lower income buyers are getting priced out of the market.
Texas right now is home to the strongest housing markets in the entire country. Texas was on a different cycle long before the boom and the bust came along. Driven by past swings in oil prices, the state was already on a rapid-growth trajectory before the rest of the country went on its early-2000s building binge. Said colloquially, when Phoenix and Las Vegas caught pneumonia, Houston sneezed and kept on going,Read More