October 2010 Table of Contents

Table of Contents
The Last Straw

On a national basis, new homes sold in 2004 generated more than $7.2 billion in impact fees. If new home sales projections hold to forecasted levels and impact fees increase at current average rates, the fees will pump more than $9.4 billion a year into local economies by 2010. Figure for price appreciation -- say about 8 percent a year, and you're looking at impact fees of about $15 billion in 2010. Read more

WaterSense Faucets Important Tools in Conservation WaterSense Faucets Important Tools in Conservation

How much do low-flow faucets really save? Read more

Guaranteed Lease Program Gives Michigan Consumers Reason to Buy a New Home Home Buyer Assistance Guaranteed Lease Program Gives Michigan Consumers Reason to Buy a New Home

Several Michigan builders have already experienced success with the program. Read more

Some Developing Rental Properties Take Decades to Finish Rental Properties Some Developing Rental Properties Take Decades to Finish

It took AvalonBay Communities 16 years to get one New York project started. Read more

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