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.
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
BUILDER / May 2, 2013
As Congress debates a bill to overhaul the nation’s immigration policy, much of the public has yet to form an opinion about the legislation. For home building and residential development, the issue is freighted, particularly as growing home buyer demand pressures skilled labor capacity. The other signal issue: future home buyer demand as immigrants navigate from residency to citizenship. Markup for the Senate bill. entitled Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, starts May 9. Proposed guest worker limitations on an industry-to-industryRead More
Meg Handley / US News & World Report / April 26, 2013
First-time homebuyers are crucial to any housing market, not least because they allow existing homeowners to move out of starter homes and into their next place, keeping the real estate cycle moving.
“First-time homebuyers are a catalyst for the rest of the market,” says Cara Ameer, a Florida-based broker associate and realtor with Coldwell Banker. “They’re really the domino that triggers other buyers–they have a contagion effect.”
But a variety of factors are keepingRead More
Michael Morris / ECOHOME / April 3, 2013
Three recent studies that address the advantages of energy efficiency as it relates to home ownership could have a significant impact on the way buyers finance home purchases in the near future. The studies, all released in March, point to a convergence among thought leaders in the financial, energy, and homebuilding industries, and may provide needed momentum for current efforts to change mortgage lending practices to include energy-related improvements.
Vision 2020 Economics + Financing Chair Robert Sahadi said the studies together are a cause for optimism that federal regulatorsRead More
Alison Rice / BUILDER / April 19, 2013
Builders looking for an edge against the existing-home market in their areas may want to check out a new “home improvements” infographic from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The infographic, which is based on data collected through the American Housing Survey, breaks out the median spent by homeowners for common home improvements such as a bathroom or kitchen update, new windows, and more in an appealing and easy-to read format.
Overall, 57% of the country’s 43.7 million homeowners made an improvement to their house between 2009 and 2011, according to the Census Bureau. That adds up to a totalRead More