Results from NAHB surveys of home buyers and home builders show that buyers have a strong preference for open floorplans, and that most builders are doing their best to create those open spaces for their clients. There are, however, some differences between what buyers are seeking and what builders are delivering.
More than four out of five builders expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor in 2017, according to a recent survey of members that ran in the monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
A surge in multifamily production resulted in overall nationwide housing starts rising 11.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Single-family starts dropped 4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 795,000 units.
Just off the show floor, a series of hands-on, interactive learning sessions will demonstrate a wide variety of new technology strategies and carpentry techniques. the programs will be offered in 20- to 30-minute segments and repeated a few times throughout the week to accommodate as many attendees’ schedules as possible.