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Greetings from IBS 2015!

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/22/15 on the Web.

In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Builder confidence dips one point to 57 but still well into positive territory
  • December building permits dip 1.9 percent from November but up 1.0 percent year-over-year
  • December housing starts rise 4.4 percent from November and 5.3 percent year-over-year
  • Mortgage applications rise by 14.2 percent in latest survey as rates dip again
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Greetings from IBS 2015!

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/20/15 on the Web.


In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • CPI fell by 0.4 percent in December due largely to falling gas prices
  • Industrial demand fell slightly in December due to reduced utility demand
  • January consumer confidence index jumps to highest level since 2004
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My column for the January 2015 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.

For this issue, entitled "Practicality and Nostalgia Meet Technlogy," I wanted to review some of the new housing trends we can expect in 2015. An excerpt:
We’ll start seeing less of what I like to call the two-story, “impress the in-laws” foyers. Instead, look for larger garages with nooks for hobbies as well as specialized storage areas throughout the home where everything has its place to minimize clutter. In addition, given advances in portable fireplaces which don’t require traditional venting, look for more indoor and outdoor fire pits and even painting-sized options which can be hung on walls.

In terms of design cues, don’t be surprised to see some updated relics from the past which have been re-purposed for 2015, such as free-standing bathtubs accompanied by open wall niches for storage. The durability of porcelain is now competing with other materials as imitation wood for flooring options, which not only saves money (and the environment) versus the real thing, but is more resistant to moisture and actually stands up better to high-traffic areas over time. Similarly, the durability of naturally occurring quartzite is starting to edge out man-made quartz due to its closer appearance to marble as well as being nearly indestructible...

To read the entire column, click here.

To read the entire January 2015 issue in digital format, click here.



Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/16/15 on the Web.

In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Producer Price Index dipped 0.3 percent in December but up 1.1 percent for 2014
  • Business inventories rose in November as sales fell slightly
  • January Empire State Manufacturing Survey shows widespread optimism
  • Philadelphia Fed's Business Outlook Survey rose modestly in January
  • Initial unemployment claims rise by 19,000 in latest report
Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.

Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/1/15 on the Web.

In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Job openings rose three percent in November, up 17 percent over the past year
  • Retail sales posted unexpected decline in December
  • Mortgage applications rise by nearly 50 percent in latest survey as rates fall to lowest level since May 2013
Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.

      
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