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Home Renovation Whisper

Research Question: Will the improving trend in home renovations and remodeling provide widespread stimulation of the building supplier market? Companies: Masco (MAS), USG Corporation (USG), Whirlpool (WHR), Lowe’s (LOW), Home Depot (HD), & others Regions Covered: California, Southeast/Florida, Midwest, & Northeast   Blueshift’s initial research indicates positive remodeling trends, with our upcoming report aimed at […]

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Housing Market Whisper

Research Question: What read do housing industry suppliers and real estate professionals have on the housing market in 2Q12 and 2H12? Companies: Home Depot (HD), Lowe’s (LOW), Toll Brothers (TOL), D.R. Horton (DHI), KB Home (KBH), & Lennar (LEN)   Initial research by Blueshift indicates conflicting data about the direction of the housing market, consumer confidence, […]

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Commercial Construction Lending Improves in Major Markets

Research Question: Are commercial construction loans becoming more available? If yes, what market segment is benefiting and in what geographic area? By: David Franklin Companies: BAC, JPM, WFC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Lenders, real estate professionals and industry specialists see loans for multifamily and healthcare-related commercial construction projects improving. Lending opportunities […]

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New-Home Builder Trends Slow to Change in 2011

Research Question: Will the improving Housing Market Index, reduced housing inventory, low mortgage rates and improved lending environment be catalysts for increased new-home starts? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: DHI, KBH, LEN, MTH, NVR, PHM, RYL, SPF, TOL Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Few changes have taken place in new-home building since […]

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Commercial Construction Lending Loosens Slightly in NY, TX

Research Question: Are commercial construction loans becoming more available? If yes, which market segment is benefiting? By: David Franklin Companies: BAC, JPM, WFC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Sources in the New York, Dallas, and Houston markets reported a slight improvement in the lending climate and in commercial construction. Inventory constraints […]

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Commercial Construction Flat, Funded by Nontraditional Lenders

Research Questions: Are new commercial construction projects being financed? Is the practice of “extending and pretending” still being widely used? Are commercial foreclosures increasing? By: David Franklin Companies: BAC, FNFG, JPM, MTB, SSFN, USB, WFC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Commercial construction has not increased since we last checked on the industry […]

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New-Home Sales Growth Limited to Certain Regions

Research Question: Do positive March figures for new-home building signify the beginning of an industry turnaround? Which national builder will be first to capitalize? By: David Franklin Companies: DHI, KBH, LEN, MTH, NVR, SPF, TOL Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Demand for new homes has improved slightly in several U.S. pockets, including […]

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