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.
Dionne Searcy / The New York Times / February 24, 2015
In the initial years after the collapse of the housing bubble, a severely wounded industry focused mostly on putting up more affordable duplexes and other multifamily housing, including rental apartments.
But some economists say that demand for multifamily construction is leveling off. Home price appreciation in general is slowing as well; the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index report on Tuesday showed a pace of growth in the single digits.
In this environment, builders are turning to the wealthy as the most reliable market on which to place their bets.
“That buyer is financiallyRead More
John McManus / BUILDER / December 29, 2014
Home builders are like other people in a lot of ways. But in some characteristics and habits, you’re just different. And that’s mostly a very good thing.
Home builders are generous-souled, incredibly driven, and hard-working people who want their efforts to result in filling a deep human need that often has an almost permanent (decades-long) set of implications for use of part of the planet. Good work means work that lasts, stressed by the elements of nature, economic ups and downs, and incessant use.
There’s something in the DNA of a home builder—whether it’s an entrepreneur workingRead More
NAHB / April 3, 2014
The Cost of Doing Business Study, 2014 Edition, a national study of builders’ business practices and financial performance was recently released by BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Cost of Doing Business Study gives builders the opportunity to see which companies earned a profit and how they did it.
This new resource provides a snapshot of builders’ profitability and expenditures by category. Home builders are given a rare glimpse at other builders’ financial books, with access to data on profitability, cost of sales and expensesRead More
Jennifer Goodman / BUILDER / October 1, 2013
The 2014 New American Home, now under construction near Las Vegas, is destined to be a one-of-a-kind crowd pleaser for the International Builders’ Show attendees who tour it in February.
It is also designed to please its occupants—envisioned as a busy, extended family made up of children, parents, and grandparents. Architect Jeffrey Berkus’ design provides grand spaces for entertaining, areas for homework and schooling, quiet spots for meditation, and multiple outdoor living opportunities. (Click on the slide show at left to see time-lapse images of its construction.)Read More