National Outlook

As Wildfire, Hurricane Seasons Crank Up, Offsite Builder Tools Up To Respond

John McManus / Builder / July 15, 2019 It’s almost never not natural hazard season these days. But, with Barry barreling into the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and sizzling summer winds shifting across the West Coast’s arid forests and grasslands, high season for disasters has opened with a ferocious punch. Core Logic chief economist Frank Nothaft notes in a July outlook: More than 500,000 acres have been …

NAHB Sees Continued Growth in the Country’s Exurbs

Robert Dietz / Builder / July 15, 2019 Due to lingering demand-side challenges, the first quarter of 2019 was tough for housing. Single-family permits were down 7.5% on a year-over-year basis, which compares the initial quarter of the year relative to the first quarter of 2018. Due to being near a 10-year low for housing affordability, which was only partially offset by recent declines in mortgage …

Spokane Washington Now Number Three for Growth in Construction Jobs

According to The Spokesman Review, the city of Spokane, Washington has been designated at the third-fastest growing region for construction jobs in the country by the Associated General Contractors of America. Several construction projects in the area including an Amazon fulfillment center is getting the credit for the uptick. Data from the group’s recent report indicates that the Spokane region a …

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Local View

Regional Director David Cobb In the News

Metrostudy’s Regional Director for Jacksonville, David Cobb, recently spoke at the Northeast Florida Builders Association. His insights into the local housing market were shared by several media outlets. David’s insights on millennial homebuyers and home size trends were reported in the Jacksonville Daily Record’s Sailer Report, Scott Sailer’s column on housing development and real estate in the a …

Lawrence Dean’s Quarterly Market Update Highlighted in the Houston Chronicle

This past Spring, the Houston Chronicle’s Nancy Sarnoff shared insights from the Houston Spring Frame Briefing, the quarterly market update presented by Metrostudy. The event, headlined by Regional Director Lawrence Dean, gave a deep dive into the market and examined key market indicators, like new home starts, lot inventory and mortgage rates. Read More about the Houston Market Update. 

Regional Director Eugene James Shares Local Expertise on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ

Metrostudy’s Senior Director for the Central Region and Regional Director for Atlanta, Eugene James, recently spoke with on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s TV show, BIZ. James shared his regional expertise on the housing market with Crystal Edmondson, examining the relationship between the residential housing growth in the market and affordability, particularly amongst single-family homes. Visit …

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