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New Or Used: Housing's Public Enemy No. 1 Is The Public Itself

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New Or Used: Housing's Public Enemy No. 1 Is The Public Itself

Much as they'd rather not face it if they don't have to, builders and their business partners face a critical challenge to get out of a victim-villain vicious circle, and start winning over voters.

A 20-Year Gap Of 5 Million Homes Not Built Defines '20s Challenge

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A 20-Year Gap Of 5 Million Homes Not Built Defines '20s Challenge

In shock-therapy approach, the National Association of Realtors calls on lawmakers to call housing what it is ... infrastructure, and fund it accordingly.

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06.03.21

Talking Housing Bubble? Start Talking Turkey ... And Talking Taper

Global house prices reached unprecedented peaks at historical 12-month rates of growth. Is there a taper-tantrum in oaur near future?

06.02.21

Price Tag For Regulation Costs On New Home Construction: $94K

A 24% slice of the new-home selling price pie goes now to "regulatory burden," the weight of land-use permitting, impact fees, cost-of-time charges, etc. in the pre-construction stages, and the added expense of start-to-completion construction cycle code and regulation.

06.02.21

Cities, States Clash Over New Hook Ups To Natural Gas

There is no place for homebuilders to duck and cover in the crossfire between blue dot cities and red state governments over the battle to phase out natural gas in homes.

05.14.21

Two Bleak Realities And The Glow Of Their Opportunity In Housing

Housing -- especially in the 'starter' spectrum -- is a shrinking universe. Incomes -- at the low- to mid-level -- have lost pace. Now, what to do about it.

05.10.21

Builders' Dilemma: A Political Battle On UI, Or The Real Solution

Look at the big picture on the jobs and employment front and both the actual challenge and huge opportunity come clearer than in a one-month release.

03.28.21

Epic Stretch For Housing Leaders: Local Land-Use Policy Wars

A land-use policy update: Pandemic, economic, and social upheaval foretell a more diverse and inclusive future of towns and cities.

A Tale Of Two Markets: Housing's Split Personality Challenges All

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A Tale Of Two Markets: Housing's Split Personality Challenges All

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies annual analysis, "The State of The Nation's Housing 2021," releases today, diving deep in the data that tells housing's sharp divides.

Drought Shifts Wildfire's Fault Lines Into No Man's Land Buys

Land

Drought Shifts Wildfire's Fault Lines Into No Man's Land Buys

Arguments pro and con on the risks of development, where and where not to develop, who's got which rights to do what, etc., are the matters of power, money, and politics. Meanwhile, there's a housing affordability crisis.

Oval Reach: White House Plan To Bolster Building Supply Chain

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Oval Reach: White House Plan To Bolster Building Supply Chain

The Biden-Harris Administration's 100-day review of the U.S. supply chain crisis across key sectors gives specific focus to what ails homebuilders now. Is that a good thing?

Re-Entry Level: Impact Justice, A Bridge From Prison To Home

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Re-Entry Level: Impact Justice, A Bridge From Prison To Home

The Homecoming Project serves as a kind of societal acupuncture, designed to heal raw material social fabric. A 2021 winner of the Ivory Prize for Innovation in Housing Affordability in policy and regulation -- it presses the raw nerve-endings of racism.

Six Impossible Housing Ideas: Unmasking Local Land-Use Policy

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Six Impossible Housing Ideas: Unmasking Local Land-Use Policy

The thinking that brings you new local land-use “tools in the toolbox” – inclusionary housing, affordable housing fees, tax credits for buyers -- will not bring you homes for more people.

As The Prices Crisis Intensifies, Here's An Opportunity Not To Miss

Capital

As The Prices Crisis Intensifies, Here's An Opportunity Not To Miss

In its perfect form – where perimeter identically measures its area – a triangle sets a precise scope and magnitude of challenge people in the complex community of housing investment, development, design, construction, and delivery find toughest to solve.

Silver Linings And Teachable Moments In The Prices Crisis

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Silver Linings And Teachable Moments In The Prices Crisis

This week's inflation red flags, temporary or structural, serve as potential catalysts for housing's leaders to think, act, and solve challenges differently than ever before.