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New Home Sales
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
A historic barn and pumphouse on the Citrus Glen site, dating back to its origins as a citrus ranch, were restored and incorporated into the new community.
Photos: Andy Albrecht Photography
Townhomes rise on former citrus ranch, offering a Spanish colonial revival aesthetic and easy access to amenities
Photo: Damian Tsutsumida
The information center at Pavilion Park incorporates salvaged materials from the former El Toro Marine Air Corps Station.
Winners of the NAHB's National Sales and Marketing Awards help generate sales as the housing market returns