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Are Existing Homes Really More Pricey than New?

The median existing-home price for a single-family home in March jumped to a record high of $334,500, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. Meanwhile, the median sales price of a newly built home was $330,800, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.New homes are traditionally more expensive than used homes. The scenario in which existing homes sell for more than a new home hasn’t occurred in more than 15 years, CNBC repor

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Newly Built Homes Make Up 26% of Inventory

It’s a good time to work in a new-home niche as new-home construction becomes more attractive to home shoppers since the pandemic. The number of existing homes for sale has dropped to historic lows while builders are ramping up production. More than a quarter—25.7%—of single-family homes for sale during the first quarter were new-construction homes, according to a national analysis of real estate data from Redfin.“Building homes has becom

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Which Cities Have Most Older and Newer Homes?

Some buyers may be drawn to the charm and character of an older home. On the other hand, other buyers may prefer the newest floor plans and features.Homes.com scoured listings for sales nationwide to find the number of homes built by 1940, prior to 2000, in 2000 or later, or between 2016 and 2020. Then, they separated the listings into four categories based on these breakdowns: Pre-war homes, older homes, newer homes, and modern homes.Source:&nbs

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Soaring Lumber Prices Add $36K to Average New-Home Price

Buyers who purchase newly constructed homes are paying more not only because of intense competition in the market but also surging lumber prices. Record-breaking growth for the cost of lumber is pressing on builders’ budgets and prompting them to pass along price increases to buyers.The increase in lumber prices over the past year has added $35,872 to the price of an average new single-family home and $12,966 to the price of

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Markets Seeing High Homebuilding Rates

Home buyers are struggling to find enough choices, and competition remains tight. But in some markets, new-home construction is ramping up and more homes are likely to help relieve some of the pressure in the near future.The National Association of REALTORS® recently identified the areas most likely to have the most homes coming to the market in the upcoming months. Researchers factored in housing starts and building permits (a gauge of future c

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New-Home Sales Reach 15-Year High

Buyers are increasingly turning to newly constructed homes for more options. Sales of new single-family homes surged 20.7% month over month in March to a 1.02 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to new data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. New-home sales are at the highest annual pace since September 2006.“Our members are seeing strong buyer traffic as continued low mortgage rates are he

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Brands Builders Favor Most

New and advanced product features, along with product quality, price, availability, and green or sustainable features are top priorities for contractors and builders in choosing which products to use in new homes or remodels. Builder Magazine released its annual Brand Use Study, which lists the top products used by builders, developers, and contractors.More than 750 respondents nationwide shared their brand use practices within 52 building produc

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The US is 3.8 Million Homes Short

The U.S. housing market needs nearly 4 million single-family homes to meet the nation’s demand, according to a new analysis from Freddie Mac. The 3.8 million shortfall marks a 52% increase in the housing shortage since 2018.“This is what you get when you underbuild for 10 years,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “We should have almost four million more housing units if we had kept up with demand the last few years.”Lawr

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Where New Construction is Taking Off

Permits for residential construction are up 14% compared to a year ago, according to Census Bureau data, showing that development of new-home communities is ramping up amid surging buyer demand. Permits are a gauge of future home construction. “Builders are looking to grow wherever they can right now,” Rick Palacios Jr., an analyst with John Burns Real Estate Consulting, told realtor.com®. “COVID-19 has ignited demand in markets where ther

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Homebuilding Giant Launches $4B Single-Family Rental Venture

The pandemic has prompted more renters to seek out additional space, but owning a single-family home may not be attainable. As such, single-family rentals have become a growing business—one that is attracting homebuilders.Lennar, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, announced it was creating the Upward America Venture, a platform that will acquire single-family homes to rent in high-growth markets across the country. It hopes to use that

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