economics

What To Watch: How To Model For An Either-Way Year Ahead

Marketing & Sales 12.09.21

What To Watch: How To Model For An Either-Way Year Ahead

How might we pick up telltales that better help us predict what's ahead? Looking back at "trends that have been stopped in their tracks" may offer clues.

Homebuilding's Backlog Logjam Weighs On 2022 Forecasts

Leadership 12.02.21

Homebuilding's Backlog Logjam Weighs On 2022 Forecasts

It's crystal ball time in housing, and a number of factors bedeviling homebuilders' production and value cycles remain stubbornly resistant to modeling a plan. Welcome to a new normal of de-risking 2022 operations for uncertainty ahead.

Backlog Logjam May Dampen Spring Selling: Deja Vu All Over

Leadership 01.10.22

Backlog Logjam May Dampen Spring Selling: Deja Vu All Over

2022's word-of-the-year for homebuilders and their partners: Capability. And in most cases, that means deep pockets, deep local scale, and deep relationships with vendors.

The Standoff -- Job Openings Vs. Job Seekers -- And Its Impacts

Capital 07.09.21

The Standoff -- Job Openings Vs. Job Seekers -- And Its Impacts

Nine million job openings, nine million active job seekers, and seven million fewer people employed than in April 2020. What gives?

Over Time, Musk Proves Out The Fitness Of Productized Solutions

Leadership 01.11.22

Over Time, Musk Proves Out The Fitness Of Productized Solutions

Tesla's multi-pronged vision and strategy may be the first at breaking through the housing disruption barrier by focusing not just on construction, but what people value in their property as well.

Inflation And Omicron: 2 Sides Of The Same Coin For Future Impact

Leadership 12.10.21

Inflation And Omicron: 2 Sides Of The Same Coin For Future Impact

Commodities and Covid are inseparable in how they'll shape housing dynamics in 2022 and beyond. Here's what that means.

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

Policy 08.03.21

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?

In Market Talktrack, Uncertainty, Even Concessions Crop Up

Policy 07.08.21

In Market Talktrack, Uncertainty, Even Concessions Crop Up

Two terms have surfaced in the spotty, choppy limbo market dynamic that has checked up both construction flow and demand mojo: Pause and Concessions.

Marketing & Sales 07.06.21

The Builder's Dilemma: Defeatism Or Determination

Post-pandemic post-traumatic stress crops up as a risk to morale and focus in the ranks among builders as they encounter an unending barrage of real-time challenges. The moment will redefine housing's leaders.

Can A Bubble Boil With All The Toil But Not The Trouble?

Capital 06.11.21

Can A Bubble Boil With All The Toil But Not The Trouble?

Soft-landing scenarios ... we've heard them before. Here's ways leaders can control where their firms wind up coming out of price-shock bottlenecks in the months ahead.