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Public sector impact on finance, building safety, the environment, tax, local economics, and land use must be reframed as partnership in solutions.

Big Gov And Wall Street Go Toe To Toe Over Private Equity Influx Into SFR

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Big Gov And Wall Street Go Toe To Toe Over Private Equity Influx Into SFR

In Capitol Hill hearings, surging corporate private equity investment in residential real estate -- particularly into single-family rental portfolios -- gets the third degree

Twin Risks — Local & Federal — Loom On Built-For-Rent Horizon

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Twin Risks — Local & Federal — Loom On Built-For-Rent Horizon

With monster-sized wagers, investors are thronging into the newly built single-family-rental market, confident in a market tilting in their favor is high. Still, what about all that entitlement risk?

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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.

What Is Affordable? Do Market Rate Builders Need To Know?

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What Is Affordable? Do Market Rate Builders Need To Know?

Monthly payment power equates to how builders measure their ability to build and deliver affordably. Interest rates are the biggest stressor to this benchmark in the near future.

As Stresses Pile Up, People Mean More Than Ever As Ways Forward

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As Stresses Pile Up, People Mean More Than Ever As Ways Forward

None of today's array of risks, threats, and challenges is insurmountable if leaders sustain the trust, resolve, and focus of team members.

Will Real Estate Remap Value To Waterfront, Fire Zone Threats?

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Will Real Estate Remap Value To Waterfront, Fire Zone Threats?

A longer tail of implied promise in property's value may begin to trigger land price adjustments, contract modifications, etc. Here's why.

Fits And Starts: Housing Business Leaders' Biggest Risk

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Fits And Starts: Housing Business Leaders' Biggest Risk

Looming underneath housing's present-day struggles with its construction supply chain, the issue of supply itself. Fixing the supply chain won't fix that. Here's what might.

In Digital ID Era, Property And Privacy Enter Brave New World

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In Digital ID Era, Property And Privacy Enter Brave New World

The inevitability of an industry standard property identification record -- and its vast array of benefits and uses -- doesn't diminish the need for eyes-open recognition of the big risks.

Heat Stress Adds To Builder Jobsite Health, Safety Challenge

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Heat Stress Adds To Builder Jobsite Health, Safety Challenge

As OSHA celebrates successes in Safe + Sound week of jobsite health and safety programs, heat stress and climate change tell another story. Here are housing leadership's two critical challenges.

As Prices Outpace Incomes Everywhere, Opportunity Dims

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As Prices Outpace Incomes Everywhere, Opportunity Dims

Wages haven't kept up. Dirt cheap interest rates are under pressure. Not enough homes -- it's evident to everyone -- is not a strategy for economic dynamism.