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Category Archives: Builders

Wildfires strain another scare resource – construction workers

Source: The Mercury News Hundreds of families displaced by Northern California’s fires could face another challenge to rebuilding their homes — a persistent shortage of construction workers. California lost nearly 20 percent of its construction work force between 2005 and 2016, according to a study released this week by Buildzoom, a web site that connects … Continue reading

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Could YIMBY be the new NIMBY?

  Source: Builder Magazine Developers, builders, manufacturers, and investors have tried to change the narrative for years now. More housing would make for more affordable housing, rejuvenated communities, and a workforce of people who could and would support city and town services from within closer range of municipal limits. Affordability has become a mainstream headline, … Continue reading

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S.F. Mayor Wants to Speed Up Approvals for Housing Construction

Source: KQED San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday called on city departments to cut by nearly half the time it takes to issue building permits to developers constructing housing projects. Lee said speeding up the production of housing would help add more stock to the market and help ease rising housing prices. He said … Continue reading

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Dying malls could help ease housing crisis

Source: Los Angeles Times As housing shortages persist, developers are eyeing old shopping malls—which often include large parcels of land—for redevelopment into residential projects. In California, which is suffering from severely tight housing inventory, developers are jumping on the trend. A nearly vacant mall in the San Fernando Valley, for example, will soon be turned … Continue reading

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Economist warns that buyers face increasing troubles

Source: CNBC From a broad view, the U.S. housing market looks very healthy. Demand is high, employment and wages are growing, and mortgage rates are low. But the nation’s housing market is assuredly unhealthy; in fact, it is increasingly mismatched with today’s buyers. While the big numbers don’t lie, they don’t tell the real truth … Continue reading

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From ‘Not in my backyard’ to ‘Yes in my backyard’

Source: The Atlantic Real-estate developers are not popular with most of the American public. A recent Stanford paper found that people like developers only slightly more than they like corporate executives. Many progressives object to developers’ business model, which depends on building new units and charging as much as possible for them, even if that … Continue reading

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Homes have been getting bigger over the decades

Source: Realtor.com From extra bedrooms and bathrooms to more overall square footage, homes have been growing over the years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Characteristics of New Housing report. In 1978, more than half of new single-family homes sold had three bedrooms and two bathrooms. By 2016, half of new home buyers closed … Continue reading

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A Small Fixer-Upper Offers a Guide for Flippers Click the above link to read full story A designer shares a dozen ways to make an older house more appealing to buyers

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The Next Shortage Facing Young Homebuyers: Good Schools

Source: Bloomberg One effect of the U.S. housing market crash was to cripple homebuilders and their lenders, forcing construction workers to find jobs in other fields. Today, homebuyers have returned to the market in full force, but the lack of new construction over the last decade has contributed to an inventory shortage that’s pushed home … Continue reading

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Experts: Spring home-buying season starts off with a bang

But first-time buyers face headwinds from high prices Source: Housingwiring The spring home-buying season is in full swing and it started off with a bang. Home prices increased in February to a new high for the fourth consecutive month, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, released Tuesday by S&P Dow Jones and CoreLogic. And another release … Continue reading

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