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Empty Nesters: Millennials at Heart

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It would be difficult for me to qualify my parents as Millennials. Sure, they love new experiences and enjoy traveling. They own a pair or two of Allbirds (the disruptive all-purpose wool sneaker). They Instagram, text, and shop online often at stores targeted towards Millennials. They love the “athleisure” trend. ...

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Living Small(er): Are Floor Plans Shrinking?

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Leah Demirjian / Builder / April 2, 2018 Housing data over the past decade shows that when it comes to floor plans, bigger is not necessarily better. The size of the average American home took a big hit during the Great Recession, and the trend toward smaller homes is continuing ...

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Introducing GenYration: A Millennial Housing Blog

Figuring out the elusive Millennial Buyer has been on the minds of builders and developers for nearly a decade. Millennials are expected to take the housing industry by storm, however fears of affordability and lifestyle have caused less Millennials to own a home. Are Millennials interested in being homeowners? Is ...

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Housings Necessary Path in the Digital Revolution

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A shortage of trade labor and more complex housing systems demand a different process. By Jennifer Castenson The future of housing is broken, and Joseph Wheeler, co-director, Center for Design Research and professor of Architecture at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design, is working toward a solution with his Solar Decathlon ...

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Fix Housing as a Step to Fixing Health, Inequality

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John McManus / Builder / March 26, 2018 Now, here’s a concept. A new analysis concludes that housing–if it’s accessible to people in a community–is a form of local economic accupuncture. This study, “Housing as a hub for health, community services, and upward mobility” from Brookings Institution economists Stuart M. Butler and Marcela Cabelo, ...

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Rethinking Housing’s Labor Challenge

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John McManus / Builder / March 5, 2018 TIM UHLERCH Hanson’s SuperPencil is a solid piece of “graphite”. This pencil has been used for a while and the paper wrapper is wearing off. How long does it take to become a skilled carpenter? According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of ...

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BUILDERS FEAR COST CREEP AS VOLUMES SURGE

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Tariffs, inflation, and higher borrowing costs complicate expense calculations as push into entry-level volume intensifies. By John McManus Spring selling is on, and construction cycles have shifted into high gear in many markets and states, even as winter temperatures and weather grip the nation’s northern third regions. Demand–providing prices navigate a ...

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New Pool Index Points to Promising 2018

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Rebecca Robledo / PoolSpaNews / February 26, 2018 2017’s year-end New Pool Index (NPI) illustrated continued gradual growth and suggests more for this year. The fourth-quarter NPI increased 9.5% over the same time in 2016, and represented a 2.8% rise from Q3 2017, according to Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood company ...

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Housing Starts Up Sharply, Driven by Multifamily

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Builder / February 20, 2018 Housing starts in January rose 9.7% from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,326,000, 7.3% above the January 2017 rate of 1,236,000, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Friday morning. The gain, the largest since October 2016 was ...

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