Since the launch of Professional Builder’s Daily Feed newsletter on June 4, 2014, I have scanned thousands upon thousands of news stories about or related to home building in some way.
New Home Sales
An increase in small households represents a big opportunity for home builders
Caption: Screenshot via cgcloud.pro/YouTube
The move to digital can potentially help both builders and buyers save money
Rising rents, mounting student debt, and a shift in demographics contribute to the U.S. homeownership rate’s continuing decline
Last year was the year of the McMansion, as the number of homes built with four or more bedrooms were 12 percentage points higher than it was in 2009
The volume of sales can be hurt if interest rates and prices rise, which slows the need for more new-home construction
The number of homeowning respondents went down from five years ago, but more respondents said they see themselves owning five years from now.
Offering special features and upgrades gives you an edge with buyers, but competitive pricing, optimal margins, and streamlined packaging are essential
Housing is pointed towards sustainable comeback
The number of respondents who said they think access to mortgages is better has increased
This foursquare-style home will be the model at Serosun Farms when the community opens in May 2015. All of the homes at Serosun will focus on indoor air quality and incorporate sustainable design and building techniques.
Illustrations: courtesy Serosun Farms
John DeWald & Associates creates a sustainable farming community with new homes