National Outlook

A Tale of Two Housing Economies

John McManus / Builder / October 16, 2017 Torsten Slok, Ph.D., is chief international economist and a managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities. The question Slok asked yesterday morning was this. Is household formation dropping because of affordability? Here’s his chart. Household formation takes a dive. Why? It shows household formations falling off the table in 2017. Dr. Slok looks at the d …

Data Drive: Where Housing is Headed

Frank Anton / Builder / October 10, 2017 The Great Recession officially started 10 years ago, and what I dub the Anemic Housing Recovery began eight years ago. Just how bad was the Great Recession for housing? As if you don’t know, it was terrible. As it became more and more obvious that housing’s unprecedented great run from 1992 to 2007, when single-family starts exceeded 1 million units every y …

Round Up: Everything You Need to Know About Hurricane Irma’s Impact on the Florida Housing Market

Last month Hurricane Irma left a path of wreckage and destruction across the Caribbean and parts of Florida. As the road to recovery and rebuilding begins, Metrostudy’s Chief Economist and our Florida Regional Directors weigh in on what they think this storm will do to the future of the Florida Housing Market. We’ve gathered up their thoughts and provided links to their commentary that will help y …

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Local View

A Bountiful Harvest Awaits for Austin, TX

  Here in Austin, strong first-half sales means we can expect a bumper crop of new home owners this fall.  Yet we’ve reached new levels of unsold spec inventory.  Will demand hold strong enough to absorb the new homes we’ve “seeded?  Here’s what the 28 builders who participate in our monthly sales and traffic report are saying…

Lawrence Dean Shares Homebuilding Outlook at Greater Houston Builders Association Panel & Luncheon

Regional Director for the Houston market, Lawrence Dean, presented and participated in a panel discussion on the home building outlook for a city recovering from the recent hurricane. Lawrence was joined by Blythe Whitmer from Darling Homes and Erica Sinner from Century Communities. A few snapshots from the early October event are shared below.  

Austin-San Antonio Growth Summit Highly Focused on Affordable Housing

The main event at Thursday’s Austin-San Antonio Growth Summit was a general panel discussion about housing along the booming I-35 corridor. The panel, made up of five experts with different experiences related to housing economics and policy, discussed a range of topics including the likelihood of Austin or San Antonio building workforce housing near each urban center, the role of multifamily and …

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