First Timers

Steve ByersHome Sales, Housing Affordability

Jonathan is the Head Analyst for Housing Tides. A key team member from the beginning, Jonathan has been instrumental in shaping the concept of and developing the methodology for Housing Tides. Jonathan is fascinated by the intersection of human behavior and economic outcomes and hopes that Housing Tides will help increase objective decision making by reducing cognitive bias. Jonathan studied … Read More

Deep Dive – Trending Topics in January’s Housing News

Jonathan ScottContruction, Home Sales, Housing Affordability, Housing Inventory, Monthly Housing News

Housing Tides Deep Dive January 2018

Each month, we use IBM Watson’s tools to assess the sentiment of hundreds of housing news articles about the US housing market. Here are our observations on the top housing media trends in January 2018: Housing news continues to be dominated by conversations discussing potential outcomes and effects related to the recent federal tax legislation.  HousingWire cited a report by … Read More

Deep Dive with Dan – Trending Topics in December’s Housing News

Dan AllenContruction, Home Sales, Housing Affordability, Housing Inventory, Monthly Housing News

Housing Tides Deep Dive with Dan December News Summary

Each month, we use IBM Watson’s tools to assess the sentiment of hundreds of housing news articles about the US housing market. Overseeing that process is Tides analyst Dan Allen. Insightful and observant, he follows the media and helps us keep a pulse on what’s going on out there. Here are his observations on the top housing media trends in … Read More

Home Builder Labor Efficiency – Why Less is More

Jonathan ScottContruction, Home Sales, Housing Affordability, Housing Inventory

Home Builder Labor Efficiency - Why Less is More_Housing Tides

A recent survey published in Professional Builder magazine showed homebuilders expect higher labor and material costs to be the biggest challenge they’ll face in 2018.  With the U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest level since late 2000, any labor efficiency gains that homebuilders can squeeze out of their existing workforce would be welcomed with open arms. U.S. residential construction employment … Read More

Housing Insights From the American Community Survey

Jonathan ScottContruction, Housing Affordability, Housing Permits

Home affordability problems explained in part by Household Formation Trends

We’re regularly reminded of the lack of homes for sale and the shortfall of new housing construction in America, but is the shortage consistent across the country? If there are meaningful differences, how do they affect home prices? To answer these questions, we turned to the recently released results from the American Community Survey (ACS), which is administered annually by … Read More