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US Inventory Rises to Highest Level Since 2022 as New-Home Sales Fall

Newly built homes available on the market rose to 480K, representing a supply of 9.1 months at the current sales rate, up from an 8.5 month supply in March, according to US Census Bureau data New-home sales fell in April as inventory of existing homes increased modestly and inventory of newly built homes hit their highest level since November 2022, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.Sales of newly built single family h

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Protecting Homes from Extreme Weather

Preventative measures help homeowners mitigate the risks and costs of weather-related damage while increasing sustainability.In recent years, news reports have updated homeowners on climate change and disasters, from hurricanes that cause catastrophic flood and wind damage to snowstorms that lead to ice dams and frozen gutters. Wildfires, hailstorms and drought also top the list of damage-causing disasters. One map from the National Oceanic and A

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New-Home Sales Post Biggest Jump Since December 2022

New-home sales up nearly 9%, boosted by strength in the NortheastThe numbers: Sales of newly built homes in the U.S. rose in March, posting the biggest increase since December 2022.Home buyers snapped up new homes, pushing sales to the highest level since September 2023, just before the 30-year mortgage rate began its trek to 7%. U.S. new-home sales rose 8.8% to an annual rate of 693,000 in March, from a revised 637,000 in the prior mon

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New-Home Sales Climb as Builder Incentives Pay Off

The spring housing market has gotten off to a sluggish start due to higher mortgage rates, but new-home sales appear to be a bright spot.Sales of newly built single-family homes jumped nearly 9% in March, reaching their highest level since last fall, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. With limited inventory options in the resale market, more buyers are eyeing new construction.Home builders are showing more willingness to offer incentives,

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New-Home Buyers May Want to Consider ‘Phase Inspections’

Newly built properties are not flawless. Bringing in an inspector for multiple checkups during construction can solve problems early.New-home buyers may want to bring an inspector into the construction process earlier and at multiple intervals—such as when the foundation is poured and again before the walls are sealed.Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service, which has 200-plus offices nationwide, says “phase inspections” can off

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Multifamily Housing Starts and Permitting Activity Drop 10% Year-Over-Year

Permits for multifamily development dropped in 70% of metros in 2023, according to Point2’s annual Housing Construction Report.The past year saw over 1.4 million new homes added to the national housing inventory. Despite the 4% growth in units compared to 2022, both the number of new homes under construction and the number of permits dropped year-over-year (YOY).Permitting for new housing has declined for the second year in a row—down 11

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New-Home Sales Show Promise With 1.8% Annual Growth

New-home sales increased 1.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 661,000. Economists say the report, alongside improved builder sentiment, shows promise for a robust springNew-home sales improved across the board in January, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday.New-home sales, which include when a homebuyer makes a deposit or signs a sales agreement, increased 1.8 percent year

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Real Estate and Design Trends to Watch in 2024

From ecosystem conservation to “new” darker neutrals in exterior paint, we look at the trends set to take hold in the industry this year.Staying abreast of what’s new and innovative in design and real estate is important, not to be trendy but to learn about innovative materials, systems and products to live more sustainably and benefit the planet. Also, new uses for rooms can maximize square footage and our surroundings to add joy to our li

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Office-To-Apartment Conversions in Major Cities Quadruple in 4 Years

The number of apartment spaces being created in office buildings across major cities this year has risen to over 55,000, four times higher than the 12,100 under conversion in 2021, according to a new report.The 55,339 office-to-apartment makeovers scheduled for this year mark a record high, according to the RentCafe report released Monday. The report cites surging demand for residential space and nearly $150B in office

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Housing Starts Fall in December as Builders Scale Back on Single-Family Homes

Housing starts fell to 1.46 million The numbers: Construction of new homes fell 4.3% in December, as home builders scaled back new projects.So-called housing starts fell to a 1.46 million annual pace from 1.53 million in November, the government said Thursday. That’s how many houses would be built over an entire year if construction took place at the same rate every month as it did in December.Housing starts are down for the first time in

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