Category Archives: Housing

Observations on Housing

Written on December 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm, by

In an August inFocus on the housing market, we wrote about some ways in which the buying public have re-prioritized what they value while also dealing with different financial realities.   The following are some recent facts and events that begin to illustrate the new reality of housing- that the majority of new construction will be multi-family, smaller and  Continue Reading »

Suburban History

Written on October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm, by

It doesn’t get much more meta than this.   Kansas museum officials have proposed spending $34 million to create the National Museum of Suburbia in Overland Park.   One of America’s quintessential (and economically successful) suburbs is going to build a museum of the suburbs.  Is America ready to put the idea of “suburbs” in  Continue Reading »

Go Big, Go Small or You Aren’t Selling a Home

Written on October 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm, by

For home builders the message from the market is clear: it is now go multi-generation, go micro, or get stuck with investory.   With one quarter of 25-to-34 year olds living with their parents, multi-generation homes are becoming more practical for many families.  In the U.S. as a whole, the number of 25- to 34-year  Continue Reading »

A Housing and Employment Hope

Written on June 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm, by

The percentage of Americans who changed residences between 2010 and 2011 fell to a record low 11.6 percent. That compares with 17 percent in the recession of 1990-1991.   Could we soon see an increase?   The number of homes for sale in the U.S. stood at 2.5 million in April, the lowest number in  Continue Reading »