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.
John McManus / BUILDER / February 9, 2015
It’s time to ask, is the new “starter” home history?
It’s at least an endangered species.
Why? How could such a quintessential bastion of contemporary American housing, the literal deed and doorway from fantasy-land pining to the American dream, fall into question? Entry-level gave meaning to what American society uniquely offered people who “wanted in” on a path to relative wealth, a foot in the door of full-recognition and belonging in communities. Entry-level was the “there” that many people worked and worried and dreamed of getting.Read More
Suzanne Shelton / BUILDER / November 25, 2014
Have you ever been at a dinner party and the person next to you starts telling you what they do for a living, and before you know it you have no idea what they’re actually talking about, but you just keep nodding politely, smiling and saying, “u-huh” in all the appropriate places?
That’s what most Americans are doing when you’re talking to them about energy efficiency and sustainability. And that’s a shame because there’s a REAL opportunity for you in selling more efficient, greener homes. Let’s start there, and then we’ll dive into how to change the language.
In our just-publishedRead More
Diana Olick / CNBC / April 4, 2014
More potential buyers are out trolling the nation’s neighborhoods for their dream homes. Unfortunately, they are finding little to look at and, even worse, they are finding higher prices than they expected.
“People quite frankly came out and got sticker shock because they’re coming out to shop now, or they came out in January and February to shop, and they picked up the price sheet and saw, ‘Wow that’s way more than I thought’ because home prices had gone up so much in 2013,” said Brad Hunter, chief economist at Metrostudy.
NAHB / Eye on Housing Blog / March 13, 2014
The future of the housing finance system is a key issue for the housing industry as well as the economic makeup of the middle class, given the importance that housing wealth and access to rental housing plays in our economy. These factors and the policies that shape them are of such significant importance that this topic has been selected as a primary issue for NAHB’s 2014 legislative conference, “Bringing Housing Home,”which takes place March 17-21 as home builders and other members of the residential construction industry meet federal lawmakers. As part of this event,Read More
Les Christie / CNNMoney.com / December4, 2013
Beginning Jan. 10, banks have to ensure that monthly mortgage payments are affordable, a result of the Dodd Frank law passed in 2010. The failure to do so carries strict penalties.
“My concern is that we’re going to be in an environment where some lenders are too small to comply,” said David Stevens, CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
During the housing bubble, some banks issued loans without even checking applicants’ income or assets.
Under the new rules, lenders must carefully determine that borrowers have the ability to repay their loans. That means, forRead More