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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 […]

Young adults have always been attracted to large metropolitan cities like moths to a flame. There is an irresistible pull — entertainment, shopping, dining, nightlife, the sheer hustle and bustle. Not all major U.S. cities are viewed equally by millennials, though. New research from the National Associations of REALTORS examined metro markets most attractive to […]

The high today is 96 degrees with humidity. You’re off to work in the morning when you come to an abrupt stop. The thermostat. How should it be set? Your home will be empty for the next nine hours, but you hate the thought of returning home to muggy living quarters. More than that, you […]

Confidence is in the air according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The July score of 53 indicated that more builders view sales conditions for newly built single-family homes as as good rather than poor. July marks the first time since January 2013 the score has been above 50. […]

The average homebuyer might place a great deal of value in standards like LEED, Green Star and Passive House. Yet, year after year, building professionals pay top dollar to achieve these standards and carry the certification. Steve Hansen at Sourceable.net asks, “Would it be possible to improve the performance, quality, and sustainability of more homes […]

Though the housing market has steadily improved over the past few years, there are still many challenges preventing a truly robust recovery. In light of low inventory, labor shortages and stringent mortgage qualifications, some building professionals are showing savvy with new tactics to lure buyers. In Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, Mary Ellen Podmolik introduced new ways […]

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