Monthly Archives: November, 2009

Smaller houses on the way….

Great article in the Wall Street Journal today – “Builders Downsize the Dream Home.” The article mainly addresses larger production builders, but the point is right on. With tight credit and higher required downpayments, buyers can no longer afford just a little bit more in a house. The market is responding appropriately and offering smaller, [...]

Senate Approves Extended U.S. Homebuyer Tax Credit

Today the Senate approved the extension and expansion of the first time homebuyer tax credit. Most critically, the credit has been expanded to include those that have lived in their residence for at least five years. They will be able to receive a $6,500 credit. It also increases the earnings limit to $225,000 per year [...]

Putting "Green" Technology Into Bricks

Article in today’s Wall Street Journal: “Putting ‘Green’ Technology Into Bricks: Start-ups Seek to Use Recycled Materials, New Methods to Reinvent Building Materials We are always on the lookout for innovative products and this one caught my eye. When evaluating “green” products, I find it important to evaluate them based on 1) cost, 2) durability, [...]

August 2009 Case-Shiller review

After reviewing last week’s August Case-Shiller data, I am less focused on Dallas’s relative performance (which continues to be stellar by the way) and more focused on what this means going forward. In short, Dallas continues to be the best performing market in the country – having been ranked #1 or #2 in terms of [...]