Will 2017 Be The Year Of The Smart Home?

There are tons of high-tech gadgets to make homes “smarter” today, but homeowners are not asking for them as much as you might think. Full home automation is not high on the average house hunter’s priority list. That may be about to change. The trouble so far has been the technology itself: Consumers aren’t sure […]

Top 5 Housing Trends in 2017

If the U.S. economy is to hit escape velocity in 2017, you can expect the real estate sector to serve as its rocket fuel. At its most broadly defined, housing can be counted on to compose 15% of GDP. It hasn’t done that much heavy lifting lately, however. That’s because in the wake of the […]

Communal Living: Should Real Estate Developers Be Interested?

Technology has seeped into virtually every aspect of the human experience these days and the sharing economy is just one manifestation of its impact. Tech startups like Uber and Airbnb represent the vanguard, reshaping the way we spend our vacation or simply travel across town. In recent years, the concept of utilizing shared resources has […]

Gains in Construction Spending Expected Through 2017

As the industry enters a more mature phase of its expansion, the 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook forecasts total U.S. construction starts will advance 5 percent to $713 billion, following gains of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent in 2016. Commercial building will increase 6 percent on top of the 12 percent gain estimated […]

Surety’s Impact on Emerging Trends in Public Construction

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are gaining momentum throughout the United States as an efficient way to design, build, finance and maintain government construction projects. Under a P3, the government entity generally issues an RFP to engage a concessionaire for the project. The concessionaire then secures funding for the project while holding the right to use the project property […]

With Trump As President – What’s Next In Construction?

The race is over: Republican candidate Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States.  Although that looming question has been resolved — after Trump defied pollster predictions — the impact of the next administration on the construction industry is still unknown. On the positive side, experts have predicted the end of a tumultuous […]

The Best Cities For Building Wealth In 2016

San Francisco first started turning fortune-seekers into fortune-holders during the gold rush days of the 1840s, and the minting of millionaires continues in the city today amid the technology boom resonating out of nearby Silicon Valley. San Francisco’s surging property values, healthy job market and soaring executive paychecks make it the best big city in […]

Apartment Buildings Prices Continue To Rise

Apartment Building Prices Continue to Rise, Surprising the Market. Prices for apartment buildings continue to rise relative to property incomes—months after the market seemed to have peaked. “The thing that surprised me a bit about the last six months was the robustness of pricing in the apartment market,” says James Costello, senior vice president for New York […]

How To Make Money In This Lousy Market

Being an investor is tricky these days.There’s broad agreement that the stock market is pricey, the economic recovery is long in the tooth and central banks really can’t do much more to prop up growth. Hardly anyone is predicting market Armageddon, but this is not the “get rich quick” era. The word on Wall Street is: […]