If a hurricane, tornado, or flood ravaged one of your communities, how would your houses fare? How about the multimillion-dollar custom home you just completed for a client?
Today’s home design trends are becoming more fragmented and variable than ever. Options have exploded, and buyer expectations are high.
A new administration, rising interest rates, shifting demographics—it seems as if 2017 has just begun, yet we’re already seeing a change in the homebuilding landscape. Here are some trends we see for the coming year.
In 2015, the day after Christmas, several tornados shook the suburban Dallas, Texas, towns of Garland and Rowlett. I volunteered for an urban search and rescue operation in the city of Garland; the severity of the event only sunk in when I was called to report for duty.
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.
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.
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.
The kitchen and bathroom remodeling business has grown into a $134 billion industry and is not showing any signs of slowing. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 “Cost vs.
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.
What does the future of digital look like for home builders?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy usage is a rising concern for any homeowner.
Building a large, luxury home is not for the faint of heart.
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.
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.