Friday, October 24, 2014

October column for Green Home Builder magazine now online

My column for the October 2014 issue of Green Home Builder magazine is now posted online.

For this issue, entitled "The Driverless Car's Impact on Land Use," I did some (quite fascinating) research on just what kind of changes in land use patterns we can expect in the future from the driverless (or self-driving) car. An excerpt:
So just what does this mean for land use and real estate development?  Firstly, the very act of decoupling parking requirements from obtaining project approvals will have an enormous impact on how we design office buildings, retail centers, high-density multi-family projects and even the traditional single-family home...

Secondly, driverless cars could make long commutes more bearable due to both the improved efficiencies of an interactive fleet which constantly coordinate with real-time traffic information, as well as the ability to free up riders to be more productive during hours which are otherwise wasted...

Thirdly, the mixed-use, pre-WWII walkable community that is returning to favor nationally could become even more prevalent if cities are willing to relax their parking requirements -- if and when the driverless car gains critical mass...
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BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/24/14

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • August FHFA House Price Index up 4.8 percent over previous 12 months
  • Leading Economic Index rose 0.8 percent in September after no change in August
  • Initial unemployment claims rise 17,000 in latest report but 4-week average still lowest since May 2000
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/23/14

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Existing home sales bounced back in September to highest pace of 2014
  • CPI nearly flat in September, up just 1.7 percent over previous 12 months
  • Mortgage applications rise 11.6 percent in latest survey as rates continue to fall
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/21/14

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • September housing starts up 6.3 percent from August and 17.8 percent year-over-year, exceeding estimates
  • September building permits up 1.5 percent form August and 2.5 percent year-over-year
  • Consumer sentiment unexpectedly rises in October to highest level since July 2007
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Friday, October 17, 2014

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/17/14

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Builder confidence falls five points to 54 after four straight months of gains
  • Philadelphia Fed's October Business Outlook Survey growth positive but down from previous month
  • Industrial production rose 1.0 percent in September and 3.2 percent in 3Q 2014
  • Initial unemployment claims dip again to lowest level since 2000
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/13/14

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/9/14

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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • There were 4.8 job openings on the last business day of August, up from 4.6 million in July
  • Consumer credit use rose in August at slower pace as credit card use declined
  • Mortgage applications rise by 3.8 percent in latest survey as rates decline
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/6/14


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In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:
  • Payrolls grew by 248,000 in September as unemployment fell below 6.0 percent
  • Job cuts in September fall to lowest level in 14 years
  • Private sector job market reports six straight month of gains over 200,000
  • Initial unemployment claims fall by 8,000 in latest report
  • New factory goods orders plunged in August but were flat minus transportation sector
  • Mortgage applications remain essentially flat in latest report as rates slide
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