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Some analysts are concerned that as home prices rise, investor and all-cash demand will start to shrink.  Who will step up in their place?  Robert Dietz, an economist with the National Association of Home Builders, notes in a recent article for U.S. News & World Report that “missing households” in today’s market who have delayed home ownership will eventually ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/25/2015 By John Askins]
                    Those looking to buy soon in the Garden Oaks / Oak Forest area and hoping for newer construction will soon have an affordable option: Fisher Estates at Oak Forest, located off Oak Forest Drive between Judiway and Lou Ellen and only one block from Oak Forest Park.  According to previous real...
Read Post [Posted on 01/19/2015 By Tawnya Marney]
Construction on buildings with at least five apartments reached the highest pace last year since the beginning of 2006. But one big difference compared to 2006, Freddie Mac economists note, is that there is less development of condominium complexes, and most of the multifamily offerings are rentals. "The growth in net household formations has been among renters," a Freddie Mac report ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/17/2015 By John Askins]
According to Culture Map's article below, Size does Matter!  Houston is known for averaging the second largest homes in the country.  Everything really is bigger in Texas!   Read all about it! http://houston.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/12-31-14-size-does-matter-houston-homes-are-the-second-largest-in-the-nation/   ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/13/2015 By Jean Risha]
For buyers looking to build a new home, they should be prepared to wait roughly half a year before the home is completed. On average, it takes about six months to build a single-family home, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. A tight labor market may be partially to blame for the long construction times, developer Rick Judson, a former chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, t...
Read Post [Posted on 01/13/2015 By John Askins]
Thousands of single-family homes are being built to rent rather than sell, The New York Times reports. More home builders and investors see it as an income-generating investment at a time when the pool of first-time home buyers is shrinking. For example, in the Atlanta area, a five-bedroom, three-bathroom new home that may have sold for less than $200,000 can fetch $1,300 a month in rent. ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/10/2015 By John Askins]
Texas Housing Market sales have been soaring in sales ending the year 2014 with record numbers since the recession in 2008. Amongst the top 5 cities in Texas , Dallas ranking #2 in sales and Houston closing  the gap #5. Builders pride themselves when building homes not only on the inside but the outside. It can be tough trying to deside if you need the upgrades or preference ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/08/2015 By Cathy Bethea]
Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes fell slightly last month, but more builders continue to view conditions as "good" rather than "poor," according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which reflects responses from about 400 builders.  Builder confidence was at 57 on the index in December; a level...
Read Post [Posted on 01/07/2015 By John Askins]
Single-family home construction costs are at the highest levels since 1998, according to a report by the National Association of Home Builders. Framing and trusses account for the largest share of construction costs, and a rise in the cost of lumber is most likely to blame, the NAHB report notes. The cost of softwood lumber has risen over 40 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic...
Read Post [Posted on 01/04/2015 By John Askins]
New homes have been found to burn much faster than older homes due to a change in building materials the last decade. The increased use of prefabricated, lightweight construction materials in new-homes today has caused homes to burn and collapse faster than homes that use traditional solid-wood frame construction, firefighters and fire safety groups say. Yet, California and Maryland remain the ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/04/2015 By John Askins]
A new report finds building costs are rising faster than they have in the past six years. The report from the construction consulting firm Rider Levett Bucknall said that the company’s index of construction costs in the United States increased 1.66 percent between July and October, which is the biggest three-month increase since the beginning of 2008. Perhaps more importantly, the report ...
Read Post [Posted on 01/02/2015 By John Askins]
The pictured rendering and floor plan is for Proposed Construction.  Living Area: 3848 s/f;  Porches: 363   s/f;  Porte-cochere: 446   s/f;  Detached Garage: 504   s/f Stucco & Ledge Stone Exterior - Tile Roof Lifestyle Design Build has priced the Construction at $535,000 Tom Johns - Lifestyle Design Build 7...
Read Post [Posted on 12/31/2014 By Tom Johns]
New-home sales fell 1.6 percent in November, despite home builders remaining optimistic that the sector is taking a turn for the better. It was the second consecutive month that new-home sales posted a decline. Sales of newly built single-family homes were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 438,000 units in November, according to newly released data by the Commerce Department. New-hom...
Read Post [Posted on 12/31/2014 By John Askins]
The Houston new home market continued to surge in the third quarter, with builders starting construction on 8,531 homes, about double the annual increase from last quarter. This represents a year-over-year gain of 9 percent, according to Metrostudy.The market research firm said Houston hasn’t seen this many new homes since third quarter 2007. On an annualized basis, starts stand at 29...
Read Post [Posted on 12/23/2014 By John Askins]
Working in Riverstone, I have the opportunity to work with many home builders. I must say that during this time of delayed construction and a shortage of skilled construction workers, Ron Burke with Perry Homes, has gone above and beyond my expectations in satisfying my home buyers. I have experienced other builders who have shown little concern for my buyers constructions issues, but Ro...
Read Post [Posted on 12/22/2014 By Diana Miller]
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