The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot



One of the big barriers to a housing industry recovery is the perception that there are a large number of vacant homes out there that are going to flood the market any day now.

A preview of our February issue:

Our cover story this month focuses on the opportunities being afforded by social media and the Web in general.

It's not getting a lot of attention in the partisan bickering over the tax compromise in Washington last week, but remodelers hoping for an extension of the energy efficiency tax credits look to be the big losers.

Another survey, another sign that consumers still are not sold on a housing recovery.

Remodelers are more optimistic than they've been about the remodeling market since 2005 according to our latest survey.

I had the chance today to spend some time talking with Manfred Seitz, chairman, president and CEO of Bosch Power Tools, during a visit to the company's U.S. headquarters.

The residential market's "shadow inventory" is up more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to real-estate research firm CoreLogic.

Standard & Poor is predicting more home price pain for 2011.

Analysts from the financial market intelligence firm are calling for a drop of between 7 and 10 percent through the end of next year.

I know from personal experience buying a home a few years ago, it was nearly impossible in 2006 to find a builder that would build something less than 3,000 sq. ft. with any sort of quality.

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