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.
Rose Quint / Eye on Housing / August 8, 2014
Unlike recent news that builders continue to face serious difficulties finding lots and labor to build new homes, a survey conducted by NAHB in July shows that shortages of key building materials have actually eased in 2014. In fact, only 15% of builders reported some or serious shortages of trusses or clay bricks, the highest incidence among the more than 20 materials builders were asked about. Fourteen percent reported shortages of each windows/doors, gypsum wall board, and cabinets.
The graph below shows the complete list of the 23 building materials and products in the survey,Read More
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / August 4, 2014
We have been talking for years about the lot shortages that builders are facing. Now, it’s time to talk about how many lots are being developed. Builders and developers are now playing “catch-up,” with builders buying land and lots and developers/investors paving roads and putting in infrastructure to serve the builders’ needs at a frenetic pace.
The pace of lot delivery (completion, ready for the builder) has gone up 140% in the past two years, much faster than the pace of housing production has risen (+84%). Despite this increased pace, lot development STILL lags the paceRead 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.
Charlotte O'Malley / BUILDER / May 19, 2014Read More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / May 28, 2013
For the fourth consecutive quarter, construction of attached single-family housing (townhouses) increased both in terms of market share and year-over-year total units started.
Per first quarter 2013 Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, total townhouse construction continued to grow at the beginning of year, reaching a starts total and market share last seen in 2009.
Townhouse construction starts totaled 15,000 for the quarter, a significant increase compared to 10,000 in the first quarter of 2012. Over the period spanning the secondRead More