No More, Same Old Thing

No More, Same Old Thing

Tue, 28 October, 2008
Posted by wendy renner

Sometimes it is wise to break from the mold and set out on a new path. Everything seems to be turned on its head, as of lately, and the home building industry is no exception. If we are going to continue down the same old path, we are going to get the same old results. Currently those options are not too appealing, are they? In a recent article, "Avoid the Swarm of the Same" published by HousingGiants.com, they dive in a bit deeper to what some wise and innovative builders are doing to break the pattern during these troubled times.

This article was not the first I had heard about some new trends heading our way. At some conferences I recently attended, there seemed to be a big shift in what home buyers are looking for, when considering a new home. Location is still king, however it is not in the subdivision that you have to drive forever to get to. People are wanting to live closer to where they work, play and recreate. They do not want to live in their cars and they are willing to give up some of the benefits of living in suburbia. Homes are going to get smaller and families are going to want a place to gather, not get lost in. The days of the "McMansions" might be coming to an end. As Americans, it seems that bigger is not going to continue to be better. We are getting to a point were it make sense to be practical and are homes are going to be a reflection of that. Stay tuned for more on this interesting shift, in not only the economy, but in what it means to be in the home building industry.