Monthly Archives: July, 2011

D Magazine: Why Homes in the Exurbs Aren’t Built to Last

Excellent article in the latest D Magazine: Why Homes in the Exurbs Aren’t Built to Last (Does it make any sense to buy a disposable house?). The general thesis of the article is this – homes built way out in the “exurbs” are not built with quality and are not built to last. The author [...]

Case-Shiller update

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a hard look at the Case-Shiller data. I don’t really like the data for three reasons – 1) it only measures existing homes being resold from one period to another (they call it a paired sale), 2) it doesn’t include new homes (and thereby the improvement of the [...]

DFW Housing starts up, and down

Good local housing data article on the D Magazine Real Points blog by Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies. Several times a year, we go to presentations by Ted and his crew to review the current state of housing in the DFW area. Short summary – new home starts in Q2 2011 is down from Q2 2010, but [...]