Archive for the 'Housing Market' Category

The Rise of Smaller Homes

Friday, March 19th, 2010

As you might suspect, we’ve been making a study out of best-selling, small houses at Builder magazine. I say you might have guessed because small homes targeted at entry-level buyers are just about the only ones selling these days.

Too many builders are apologetic about the small homes they are building. The standard approach is to slim down old plans, eliminating distinguishing design and construction features. The end result is rarely inspiring, especially for builders accustomed to doing trade-up housing.

We find that builders having the most success start from scratch. Instead of dumbing-down old plans, they create exciting new ones—built better, designed better, and less expensive to operate.

Changing Times

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

These are interesting times we’re in. The last ten years has brought changes to nearly every facet of our industry. We’ve learned that many of the rules have changed. Some of the rules needed to change, some of the rules were destine to change, and some of the new ideas have evolved from being in survival mode. And even more change is on the horizon, as recent NAHB research shows that today’s construction pace will result in a housing shortage in the decade to come, creating opportunities to engage those new ideas.