Frank Anton

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No Need to Panic No Need to Panic

It's easy to explain why housing's off to a slow start this year. More

Housing's Top (and Bottom) Markets for 2014
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Housing's Top (and Bottom) Markets for 2014

Well, at least Detroit has the Tigers and the Red Wings and the improving Lions. More

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Don't Ignore Peer Pressure

Forget housing economists, the best forecasters are your peers. More

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Smoke signals housing's rebound is intact

Hanley Wood chief economist Jonathan Smoke pulls up real data on local traffic rates and community sales for commentary on yesterday's new-home sales release from the Commerce Department. Smoke is fired-up about all the noise and misreads drawn from the national macro data prints. More

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The Lone Star State is About to Get Crowded

Development is not the only way that Texas is thriving. They also have multiple markets where people can afford to live, and considering that the national median income has been gradually decreasing in the past decade, that makes Texas super appealing. More

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4 barriers to BIM adoption

Building information modeling (BIM) is slowly changing the way building projects are approached, however it has yet to catch fire in the home building industry. Here are a few of the holdups. More

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Housing starts and permits 'just-right' zone Housing starts and permits 'just-right' zone

Let housing's pundits prate on about whether the latest dose of housing starts and permits data from the Census Bureau met or missed consensus expectations. Error margins, revisions, and volatility in the multifamily sector make this monthly release a tricky newsflash at best. What starts out as a positive print in the morning may wind up the day dragging down stocks, or the other way around. Chances are, though, Wall Street will be paying more attention to what the Fed heads say than this update on housing activity's limbo. We tap into insight from Calculated Risk's Bill McBride, as well as our home grown economic bright lights Hanley Wood chief economist Jonathan Smoke and Metrostudy chief economist Brad Hunter. More

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Success Strategy: Build Where Big Builders Don't

Chicago's Lexington Homes expects to double its closings in 2013 by building infill projects. More

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VIA International aims at home tech's high-end VIA International aims at home tech's high-end

VIA International, the result of a recent merger with Cyber Sound and five other home technology firms, is looking to become the go-to firm for home systems. More

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As Construction Accelerates, Will Defects Follow? As Construction Accelerates, Will Defects Follow?

Builders take stock of their quality assurance programs, their labor's skill levels, and their superintendents' experience. More

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