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Robin Umbarger

Homebuilders: Optimistic Like It’s 1999

NAHB reported that homebuilder sentiment hit a 20-year high in December of 2019. The Housing Market Index is based on builder survey data about current home sales, anticipated sales for the next six months, and the numbers of prospective buyers approaching the builders. An average of the three scores above 50 is considered positive, and December came in at 76. (Respective numbers in December were 84 for current sales, 79 for expected sales and 58 for prospective buyers.)

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This infographic shows the NAR top 10 markets.
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Robin Umbarger

Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2020 and Beyond

The National Association of Realtors released their yearly report on the top 10 outperforming markets from across the U.S. The data includes the areas where it is expected for home prices to rise faster than national averages.

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Robin Umbarger

Average U.S. Incomes Won’t Support Buying Average Homes

With home prices rising throughout the country, many people cannot keep up with the cost of payments to own them. Attom Data Solutions’s great visual explores the affordability numbers in each location as it relates to slower wage growth that makes it increasingly harder for everyone to be a homeowner.

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A zero-energy home built by Thrive Home Builders.
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Robin Umbarger

Net-Zero Construction is Surprisingly Affordable

You might think that the cost to build a zero-energy (ZE) or zero-energy ready home (ZERH) is much higher than the cost of traditional building. But building to zero-energy standards only costs from one to eight percent more up-front than simply building to code.

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