National Outlook

The Tale of Two 55+ Markets

John McManus / Builder / October 9, 2018 Can the 55+ market for new homes and communities pick up the recent slack in new home orders and deliveries? The confluence of direct cost increases, regulatory expense, and rising interest rates has played havoc, both with bringing on new neighborhoods with lower-priced entry-level houses and with the monthly-payment tolerance points of more and more would …

How Ridesharing Services Are Disrupting Urban Design

Bob Begle and Jim Nicolow / Builder / October 9, 2018 Courtesy Lord Aeck SargentThe Modera Vinings apartment project in Atlanta has generous entry drives for ride-hailing pick up and drop off. Dining at a restaurant in Atlanta recently, not only did we arrive by Lyft, but everyone coming and going from the restaurant appeared to be using a ride-hailing service instead of their own vehicle. How wil …

Opinion: Tariffs Threaten to Derail U.S. Housing

Pat Neal / Builder / October 9, 2018 However well intentioned, new tariffs and import taxes have created a terrible ripple effect in the economy, often hurting the working-class backbone of a community the most. As affordable homes are becoming more and more scarce throughout the nation, these new financial burdens threaten the housing market in the United States. Tariffs on imported goods are, os …

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Local View

Las Vegas Regional Director Ryan Brault Presents at Dry Wall Finishing Council’s Fall Meeting

Ryan Brault, Las Vegas Regional Director, spoke at the Dry Wall Finishing Council’s Fall Meeting earlier this week. Speaking to an audience from all over the country, Brault discussed the economic environment on a national level and provided insights into the top remodeling markets, rising costs of land, labor and materials, the impact of tariffs, the forecast for the next several quarters.  

Vaike O’Grady Moderates Austin Southstar Bank Panel

Austin Regional Director Vaike O’Grady moderated a panel discussion for Southstar Bank and their clients regarding the region’s opportunities and challenges.  After sharing some Metrostudy data and insights, panelists Ed Horne of Platform Ventures and Santa Rita Ranch and Patrick Rose of Corridor Title presented their views on what it will take to keep Austin growing and thriving.

Hurricane Florence’s Impact on the North Carolina Housing Markets

Earlier this month Hurricane Florence caused considerable damage in parts of the southeast, particularly North Carolina. As the clean up and recovery process begins, our North Carolina Regional Directors weigh in on the impact of the storm on the region’s housing markets. We’ve gathered up their thoughts and provided their commentary below to help you better understand the lasting impact of Floren …

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