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Strict lending practices, cost of materials and labor shortages have caused constant headaches for building professionals, but one of the greatest burdens hampering the housing recovery is a bit more academic. According to a new study from John Burns Consulting, student debt among 20-to-40-year-olds will cost the housing industry $83 billion this year. We repeat — $83 billion […]

The recession was particularly brutal to condominiums, but new data suggests the sector may be catching up with the rest of the housing industry on the long, winding path to recovery. According to data from CoreLogic, in June 2013, 22 of the 25 top condo markets in the U.S. reported rises in sales compared to […]

Builder, remodeler, architect, designer…mobile marketer? No matter how you identify yourself professionally, the ability to market your trade via mobile devices (including smartphones and tablets) is paramount. But what exactly does mobile marketing mean? Does your business have a website? Great. In all likelihood, it was built to be experienced by users operating a desktop […]

Fall officially arrived on Tuesday, but statistics from the summer building season are continuing to pour in. Prepare yourself for some good news. According to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of newly built, single-family homes increased by 18 percent in August. The […]

You shouldn’t have to scroll very far down to find a Builder Blog story about the rise of urban living. The migration to large metro areas may still be on the rise, but don’t count out exurbs just yet. According to The Wall Street Journal, home values in exurbs — think of towns located in […]

They’re baaaaaaack. So-called “boomerang buyers” — those who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2013 — will be responsible for about 10 percent of all U.S. home purchases in 2014, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC).  The percentage of boomerang buyers is only expected to increase in 2015 […]

Over the past year, BUILDER Magazine has ramped up video production on its website. (We strongly recommend bookmarking their video section and checking in frequently!) Recently, BUILDER and Custom Home senior editor Shelley Hutchins spoke with Chase Rynd of the National Building Museum about challenges that face the housing industry over the next decade. Rynd […]

Over the past few years, many economists within the industry have blamed supply and labor shortages along with strict lending regulations for slowing a more robust housing recovery. However, it appears one of those factors — supply shortages — is a little closer to being resolved. According to a survey from the National Association of […]

Builders in the state of Minnesota will face a unique dilemma starting in January 2015. Governor Mark Dayton has led the charge on legislation that will require homes of 4,500 square feet or more to have a sprinkler system. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Gov. Dayton “was persuaded by fire officials’ arguments that home […]

While our judging panel continues to review entries for the Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award program, the vote for this year’s People’s Choice is heating up. After a few weeks of voting, the field has been trimmed by the general public to 10 very impressive finalists. You can view them here. We encourage you to […]

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