Buying Land to Build a House



So many people imagine building their dream home in an ideal location. Finding that location and buying land to build a house is the first step in fulfilling this dream.  Paying for this lot with cash is the ideal scenario but with lot prices climbing into the hundreds of thousands of dollars range, most buyers […]

Lumber prices rise again, impacting home affordability



Lumber prices hit another record high last week, with the price having risen now by more than 170% in the last 10 months, according to a report by the National Association of Home Builders. That’s bad news for buyers, as home builders have responded by increasing the prices of new homes. The soaring cost of […]

Higher building material costs could push new home prices up



New home sales fell slightly at the end of 2020 due to higher prices offsetting the strong demand from buyers that was seen throughout the year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Although sales of new homes grew 1.6% in December, we saw much […]

Home builders are cashing in on rental demand



Building firms are constructing more single-family homes specifically for the rental market, and that means a growing proportion of new homes will never be listed for sale. Experts say the rising number of build-to-rent homes could lead to greater competition for buyers who’re already struggling with low inventories, particularly in the entry-level price bracket. The […]

Builders cater to the growing second home market



With remote work becoming much more common, the second-home market has enjoyed strong growth and data suggests builders are responding to that trend. The advent of remote work means no more commute, and so many Americans have decided to invest in a second home far from the city, in more pleasant climes where they have […]

Why Hire a Professional Local Roofer for Roof Inspection?



A roof inspection is an essential process that evaluates the integrity of your roofing and sub-roofing materials. A thorough roof inspection will determine the longevity of your roof and the need for replacement or repairs. A roof inspection is a technical process that requires maximum attention and expertise. Therefore, most people with tight schedules should […]

Home builders fail to keep pace with rising demand



Builders say they’re struggling to keep up with demand as more buyers look for newly-built homes amid an acceleration in home buying. A report from the U.S. Census Bureau last week said single-family starts stayed flat in November as builders were unable to meet demand. Overall housing starts gained by 1.2% to a seasonally adjusted […]

Builders voice concern as lumber prices rise again



The cost of lumber has increased again after declining in September and November, and that could potentially lead to further increases in the price of new homes. In the past four weeks lumber prices have increased by almost 20% across the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders reported this week. These high lumber prices […]

Existing home sales explode, up 27% from last year



Existing home sales have risen for the fifth consecutive month as the housing industry continues to show its resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Association of Realtors reported Thursday that homes sales are up an astonishing 27% from the same time one year ago. In addition, it was reported this week […]

Builder pledges to plant 1 tree for every square foot it builds



It’s well known that having more trees can counteract the effects of carbon emissions, and so one builder in the Northeast says it’s planting more of them around its new developments. Moreover, it’s urging more developers to copy its lead. Ziman Development launched its One Tree Pledge last week, which is a sustainability effort to […]