Straight Talk on Housing – October 2015


This issue of Straight Talk has a collection of articles focusing on current issues facing home builders and trends in the housing market. The Housing market continues to improve, but there are still many challenges.
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Economists forecast that sales fell slightly to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.5 million, according to FactSet, from 5.6 million in July. Even if the forecast for August is accurate, it will be the third straight month with sales at or above 5.5 million, a level typical of a healthy market.



Radiant barriers are utilized to reduce summer heat gain in attics. When utilizing OSB radiant barrier sheathing, you can reflect up to 97% of solar radiation which translates into an attic heat reduction of up to 30°F.
Out of 75.3 million millennials, 93% want to own a home, and this infographic gives a representation of what to expect from this voluminous generation. This chart from Mortgage Master gives a representation of what to expect from this upcoming generation. from

During the past few years no company has turned more heads or better shown how the world might evolve than Tesla, the electric-car company on the verge of changing every home and factory in America. Tesla may seem like a start-up car company but it’s far more than that: It’s a conceptual pioneer in the mold of such firms as General Electric and Google, a company with wider ambitions than auto production. from

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Remodelers, new-home builders, and construction supply firms that take pride in how they keep an army of independent subcontractors working virtually fulltime for them should take note: Washington increasingly views that relationship as cause for making you treat those subs as employees. 

If you want to make your house more efficient(and better while you are at it), you don’t have to break the bank. Sometimes the simplest changes can make all the difference. Check out these 30 simple home improvement ideas.


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Details Matter: Four Layouts With the Right Touches

It’s the little things that matter in these new home plans. Standout details here include well-placed closets, benches where you need them, and strategic hallways that buffer bedrooms from public view. Best of all, they occupy that sweet spot of 2,000-2,500 square feet. from
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