Recently, REALTOR Magazine reported about seven trends that will significantly influence the future of the housing industry, beginning in 2011. Be on the lookout for these driving factors in the next few years:
1. Big builders are wringing the extras out of construction costs and dropping the national average cost-to-build 36 percent to $52 per square foot.
2. Starting in 2011, Energy Star will ramp up its efficient design and quality installation standards. To get Energy Star certification, builders will have to install the right insulation, HVAC systems, and other features related to energy efficiency correctly every time.
3. Sheds are the next evolution. As homes get smaller, a separate shed will become a popular home addition. (more…)