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.
Eric Allen / Metrostudy Report / July 18, 2014
In a volatile housing market, uncertainty tends to creep into the decisions made within the homebuilding industry. Questions such as, “Is now the right time to deliver lots into the market?” … Or, “With the current level of home inventory in our competitive trade area, how will this impact my pricing power?” Managing unknowns and uncertainty is an important aspect of most significant decisions. However, indecisiveness in the midst of dramatic market swings can have damaging consequence leading to the ignoring of apparent and broad market trends.
Understanding and monitoringRead More
John McManus / BUILDER / July 7, 2014
After this past Thursday’s upbeat June employment report from the Labor Department, it’s only right that we begin looking more carefully at the correlations between job formations and housing’s on-going recovery.
Have a look first at Wall Street Journal staffer Kathleen Madigan’s “5 Takeaways from the June Employment Report,” to get bearings around the good, the bad, and the still-ugly parts of America’s jobs picture.
Among the encouraging trends below the headlines includes the fact that wage growth suggests that household incomesRead More
David Crowe / Eye on Housing / July 10, 2014
Housing news continued to improve as pending home sales surged following a slow first quarter. Home prices also continued to move higher but at a more moderate pace, suggesting the extra push caused by investors may be slowing. Economic news, however, was mixed. Consumer confidence increased in response to improving labor market conditions. On the other hand, new estimates from the first quarter revealed a steeper decline in real GDP. Early indications are that real GDP will reverse course from a dismal first quarter and gains in housing will continue the pace set before the end of 2013.
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / June 30, 2014
Housing always swings much more wildly up and down than does the general economy. A survey that came out a couple of weeks ago drove home for me the reason why. The recent survey, from Hart/MacArthur, said that 7 in 10 people believe we are still in the middle of the [housing/economy] crisis, or that the worst is yet to come. That seems unduly pessimistic, given that job growth is improving, and that can only help incomes and housing demand.Read More
NAHB Eye on Housing / June 17, 2014
Census and HUD reported a decline in May housing starts and permits, but the headline numbers do not tell the whole story. First, the driver in the declines in both starts and permits was multifamily apartment construction, which was down to 376,000 starts (-7.6%) and to 372,000 permits (-19.5%). But the three-month moving average for multifamily starts is still the best since February 2006 and the decline is more the result of an extraordinarily high April. The same trend was evident in the multifamily permits, which adjusted downward after scoring a seven year high in April.
Second, single-familyRead More