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April 6, 2021
All the house fit to print

The first listed home created by a 3-D printer recently went on sale in Riverhead a town on Long Island in New York. The asking price is $299 000.

At 1 400 square feet the footings foundation slab and walls were created line by line on a printer rather than with traditional construction methods. The roof...

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March 31, 2021
Post-pandemic home sales look strong, but builders are struggling

The coronavirus crisis fueled incredible demand for single-family housing and despite skyrocketing prices and rising mortgage interest rates sales are positioned to remain strong.

Even with consumer optimism surging in 2021 over the potential end to the pandemic what the housing market really needs is more houses. But the nation’s homebuilders are struggling.

Skilled labor shortages have...

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March 18, 2021
No letup in competition as spring home buying begins

Housing markets across the country have exploded in the past year and there's no slowdown as the market hits the busy spring homebuying season.

Even with the end of the global pandemic possibly in sight by mid-2021 the competition to buy homes continues to be intense mostly because of a persistent lack of inventory.

The 5.64...

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March 11, 2021
Sky-high home equity for homeowners as normal life returns

Despite the coronavirus pandemic roiling the economy for more than a year U.S. homeowners are enjoying the largest equity gains in history.

Americans with mortgages saw their home equity increase by an average of $17 000 between July and September 2020 and nationwide equity topped $1 trillion for the first time.

Most current homeowners have growing...

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March 5, 2021
Get Smart at Home!

Connected homes and smart gadgets are quickly becoming the norm - from security to lighting to using the bathroom.

Touchless technology is all the rage since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. The less contact with high-touch areas the better.

Voice assistants have been around since the early 2010s but today are trending to be more personalized...

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March 2, 2021
Refinances could still benefit millions of homeowners

Mortgage rates began 2021 at a place no one would have believed a year ago.

The 30-year fixed-rate dropped more than a full percentage point between January 2020 and January 2021.

While analysts expect low mortgage rates for the foreseeable future upward pressure is being applied by new aggressive plans to provide financial assistance to fuel...

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