Modern Home Builder - Winter 2017 - 1

Not only do I love touring well-designed
homes and looking at images online when a
tour is not an option, but I also supremely enjoy seeing these same homes dressed up in their
holiday finery. Whether holiday decor on a
home is simple with white lights, a little more
jazzy with color or over-the-top with bright
lights and yard ornaments, I really like it all.

But when the tinsel starts coming out, I know
that in addition to the visual delights, it's time to really consider the trends of the past year that helped
to create these beautiful homes, as well as what we
will see in home construction in the new year. The
good news is that the Great Recession is well in the
rear view for most builders around the country, and
with more than $650 billion contributed to the U.S.
economy from the construction industry this year,
the industry's impact on gross domestic product has
grown by more than 21 percent since its low point
in 2011, according to the Pew Charitable Trust.
And while the industry continues to grow, multifamily and mixed-use construction is trending higher, in response to the millennial market's desire to
live in urban areas. The time is right for more millennials to become homeowners, but buyers may
have to pay more because builders have to cover the
costs of rising wages and continued labor shortages.
The labor issue seems to be the key aspect going forward that could stifle this trend of growth.
That is why in 2017, Modern Home Builder plans to
focus more on how to not only increase the skilled
workforce population, but also how to bring new
and young people into the industry.
This is a time of year to celebrate and look ahead,
but it's not as fun when you are mired in thoughts of
costs and labor. Let's work together to improve the
industry's forecast even more.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

ENCOURAGE GROWTH

Staci Davidson
MANAGING EDITOR

sdavidson@khmginc.com

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