Top 10 Markets for New Residential Construction

Housing starts numbers out today surprised many observers with its strength at the highest in eight months, but Metrostudy finds it to have been in line with actual counts released earlier this month. Metrostudy chief economist Brad Hunter breaks down the New Residential Construction release from the Census, including a look at the top ten markets leading in growth in quarterly starts.

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Assured ... Predictable ... Dangerous

How come improving margins--the return on Sales--gets all the love and attention these days, when it's velocity--asset turns--are where home building companies can and should look for constant, sustainable improvement? SAI Consulting's Fletcher L. Groves highlights the benefits of focusing on "better processes, ... shorter cycle times, ... faster inventory turns," and states the risks in not doing so.

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