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February 28, 2017

This month’s issue includes stories about three unfilled market niches that are significant opportunities for builders: culturally aware housing, live-work housing, and Missing Middle Housing. They're an example of old ideas, made new. 

March 06, 2017

If you’ve been in the housing industry for even a short while, you’ve probably heard of John Burns. A prodigious speaker, regularly appearing on national TV and in other media, Burns attends more than a dozen industry events each year, presenting housing market updates, forecasts, and trends.

February 27, 2017

Moisture management is a big concern for builders today. Having a good strategy and selecting moisture-resistant products for locations that can get wet are keys for success.

February 22, 2017

The kitchen and bathroom remodeling business has grown into a $134 billion industry and is not showing any signs of slowing.

February 15, 2017

News outlets reported that in October 2016, new housing starts hit a nine-year high, soaring up to 1.34 million. Additionally, the Department of Commerce revealed that the year closed out with privately-owned housing starts reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,226,000.

February 07, 2017

What does the future of digital look like for home builders?

February 07, 2017

There were more than 1,000 entries this year for the NAHB National Sales & Marketing Awards, and a sampling of the winning entries begins here.

February 07, 2017

Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round number. Here they are--some of the many trends I spotted on and off the floor.

February 06, 2017

Enticing buyers is a challenge, but builders have a unique opportunity to attract house hunters who expect up-to-date aesthetics. By incorporating trending designs into your next project, you can drastically improve market popularity and yield higher returns.

February 03, 2017

At the end of 2016, Chicagoland home sales dropped sharply. In October there were 8,762 closed home sales, a 6.3 percent decrease from October of 2015 and lowest October sales in the last five years.

January 25, 2017

If you ask homebuilders today how business is, most of them will tell you that it should be very good – if they could support it.

January 19, 2017

Energy usage is a rising concern for any homeowner.

January 12, 2017

The year 2016 was an eventful one for home building. Falling unemployment, rising wages, and still-low mortgage interest rates created more opportunities for homebuyers than we’ve seen in some time.

February 01, 2017

Building a large, luxury home is not for the faint of heart.

I spend a lot of time in the field consulting with builders and observing jobsites, and I see plenty of framing contractors making the same mistakes. Fortunately, they're easy mistakes to avoid.

Economic fundamentals illustrate how low supply, coupled with steady demand, pushes prices on virtually any consumer good. Unfortunately for prospective home buyers, the U.S. housing market in its current state is a prime example of diminishing inventory and worsening affordability.

January 05, 2017

Typical wall assemblies offer numerous pathways for heat to exit through exterior walls. Heat lost through wall surface thermal bridging can add up to annual energy losses of 40%.

January 03, 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect time to share a list of home-design trends, this one courtesy of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods in Lancaster, Pa. Here is Charter’s  top five:

January 03, 2017

If you want to make cooking faster, safer, more energy efficient, and easier to clean up, induction cooking is the way to go. Induction cooktops and ranges are among the most homeowner-friendly kitchen appliances, with multiple advantages and very few limitations.

December 29, 2016

Imagine this: You park in your driveway. Your garage door opens. Your lights turn on. Your house is cooled to the right temperature. Your door unlocks. Your shades open to let in the light from the setting sun.

And you didn’t press a single button.

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