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A blog from Patrick Duffy, 20-year building industry consultant with MetroIntelligence Real Estate Advisors; commentary and news citations on regional, national and international economic and real estate trends.
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 “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.”-- Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine It was in early 1977 when a newly elected President Jimmy Carter donned a cardigan sweater on national television, urged Americans to do the same and then asked them to turn down their thermos...
04/22/2008
Since it seems that any potential remedies offered by the federal government to address the frozen market for home sales and mortgages could take months to have a large impact, both builders and existing homeowners stuck with unwanted inventory have, by necessity, become much more creative. From ...
04/15/2008
I've been a big fan of The Week magazine (which summarizes national and int'l news in less than 45 pages each week) for about 3 years, and have bought gift subscriptions for friends and family members as a form of introduction. So I was pretty excited today to see that the article I recently wrot...
04/15/2008
A few weeks ago at a building industry function, I asked a panel of homebuilders including reps from Centex, Standard Pacific and John Laing why weren't offering price guarantee programs along the lines of those offered by KBHome and Ryland.Their answer: most builders will refund money to a poten...
04/15/2008
   I know I've been a bit remiss on blogging activity over the past few weeks, but there's a good reason: we've been focused on a redesign of our MetroIntelligence website (www.metrointel.com) which just went live recently.This is only Version 1.0, but provides a good overview of the kind of work...
04/15/2008
  We're pleased at MetroIntelligence Real Estate Advisors to announce a new strategic alliance with Beacon Economics, which is a research and consulting firm specializing in analyses of real estate markets, local economic development, and public and private policy issues.Beacon Economics organize...
04/15/2008
In his new book “Who’s Your City?” author Richard Florida -- who brought us the 2002 national best-seller “The Rise of the Creative Class” -- argues that not only is the choice of where to live the most important decision someone can make, but those who match their interests and personalities to ...
04/15/2008
I've been writing A LOT over the past few months, and it's finally starting to pay off with some increased awareness for what I do -- which is economic & feasibility consulting for homebuilders, developers, lenders, inventors and cities/counties.  For me, writing is easy and I know I'm lucky to e...
02/25/2008
Most of the recent price guarantees offered by volume builders such as KBHome, Ryland and others have been focused on single-family neighborhoods. Now a builder of a high-rise hotel-condominium project (the first in the region to seek LEED green building certification) is doing the same in Seattl...
02/20/2008
According to the monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, things are looking up for the nation's builders, albeit only very slightly. The main reason for the improved outlook is increasing traffic at new home communities, which typically rise sharply each year following the Super Bowl. Stil...
02/20/2008
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