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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Ban On The Run: CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium To Oct 3

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Ban On The Run: CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium To Oct 3

Stakes stack higher as White House steps up to protect renters from eviction measures during the latest surge of COVID-19 Delta variants.

Housing's Importance As US Stares Covid-Delta In The Face

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Housing's Importance As US Stares Covid-Delta In The Face

Battles with local, regional, state, and federal regulators currently pass too much cost burden to people sitting at kitchen tables. What can and should housing's leaders do about that now?

Eviction Data: Biggest Toll On Blacks, Women, Vulnerable

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Eviction Data: Biggest Toll On Blacks, Women, Vulnerable

A looming eviction crisis, coming amid market-rate boom, calls on housing's leaders and policymakers to work for solutions.

Frank Anton: By-The-Numbers, The Measures Of Racial Equity

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Frank Anton: By-The-Numbers, The Measures Of Racial Equity

We introduce Dream Team member Frank Anton, an iconic voice in housing, with an analysis series, each of whose topics spring from a single, meaningful statistical measure.

Homebuilders Get Caught In The Appraisal Gap Vortex

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Homebuilders Get Caught In The Appraisal Gap Vortex

The lag time between market pricing, comparables, and fair appraisals -- already an issue prior to the pandemic -- puts more potential buyers at risk of failure as they try to qualify for loans in hot markets.

How Did We Get Here? The Origin Of Housing Scarcity In America

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How Did We Get Here? The Origin Of Housing Scarcity In America

Land use, development, and investment expert -- and TBD Dream Teamer -- Scott Cox weighs in on a key question for municipal officials. If "we can't build our way out of" the housing crisis, what's the plan?