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Why Manhattan’s skyscrapers are empty

January 26th, 2020 at 5:10 pm » Comments Off

Approximately half of the luxury-condo units that have come onto the market in the past five years are still unsold. In Manhattan, the homeless shelters are full, and the luxury skyscrapers are vacant. Such is the tale of two cities within America’s largest metro. Even as 80,000 people sleep in New York City’s shelters or […]



Scientists bring concrete to life & it might be the future of construction

January 22nd, 2020 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

Today in weird news we didn’t expect to read: Researchers in Colorado have produced Franken-concrete. It’s alive, and it may be the future of green buildings.  Concrete is, quite literally, all around us. It, or versions of it, has been used since 1300 B.C., meaning even a trip to Roman ruins is surrounded by concrete. […]



Americans are flocking to these 10 cities where salaries have risen 25% or more in the last 5 years

January 21st, 2020 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

In a world of stagnant wages and rising costs of living, moving to a place where you can grow your income feels like a solid bet. And many American cities offer just that. Financial advice website SmartAsset analyzed data for the 500 largest U.S. cities to determine the top “boomtowns” in the country. These areas […]



This is the world’s largest 3D-printed house

January 18th, 2020 at 5:54 pm » Comments Off

Largest ‘permitted 3D-printed home’ was built at an incredible pace SQ4D has just 3D-printed an impressively large home, and indeed is claiming that the 1,900 square foot abode is the ‘largest permitted 3D-printed home in the world’, no less. While larger buildings have been constructed with 3D printing – including this two-storey affair in Dubai, […]



How AI is really going to change real estate in 2020 and beyond

January 17th, 2020 at 9:48 pm » Comments Off

  By 2030, AI is predicted to add +$15 trillion to the global GDP thanks largely to solving data issues according to PwC. Lending money used to be a tricky business but time consumers and technology is changing. Banks and other industries are struggling to cope with the changing consumer demand, but a few are […]



The Cube One Prefab is a space-age dream – and it starts at $30k

January 12th, 2020 at 2:26 am » Comments Off

With dazzling lighting, a curvilinear design, and a fortified shell, the Cube One is a prefab for the future. Want a peek at the future of prefab design? Meet the Cube One—a 156-square-foot dwelling with built-in furnishings, voice-controlled tech, and a galvanized steel shell that can withstand extreme heat and natural disasters. Singapore-based Nestron will […]



How real estate will radically change in the new decade

January 9th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

After a roaring decade, real estate is looking a lot less promising in the 2020s. A sense of gloom hangs in the air. “Bloodbath,” “free fall” and “slump” were just some of the choice idioms deployed by headline writers to describe the New York real estate market during the twilight of 2019. Across the pond, […]



2020 Trend: The continued growth of modular construction

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

Reduced building time makes modular construction appealing to many developers. Modular construction was once a cheap solution for properties in lower-priced areas. That has slowly changed over the last several years as some of the biggest companies in the burgeoning proptech and construction tech spaces have focused on modular and prefab builds. Modular construction is […]



Startup plans to allow consumers to purchase homes without a mortgage. Innovative, or risky?

December 22nd, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

Innovative, or risky? One new Los Angeles-based investor-backed startup is claiming it will get Americans into homes without requiring a mortgage. Fleq will launch next month in Pittsburgh, and instead of originating mortgages, its plan is to simply buy the home a purchaser wants and sell it back to them, bit by bit, in shares. […]



World’s first 3D-printed neighborhood unveiled in Mexico

December 19th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

The project, which was created in partnership with Icon and Échale, is located in Tabasco, southeastern Mexico  We’ve followed New Story’s efforts to create affordable 3D-printed homes for a while, including its first prototype model and ambitious plan to build a community in Latin America. That plan has now been put into action and the […]



Off-the-grid container house in Mexico is move-in ready in 99 days

December 9th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

The VMD tiny home is an eco-conscious dwelling that is built using shipping-containers Mexican architectural studios Studioroca and Taller Escape have recently joined forces to create a prefabricated housing model that is move-in ready in just 99 days from ordering. Dubbed VMD, the 30-sq-m (323-sq-ft) tiny home is an eco-conscious dwelling that is built using […]



Boomer homes to flood US market, but who will buy them?

December 1st, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

Baby Boomer home sales will flood the housing market: Report Baby Boomers’ homes will be sold on a large scale over the next 20 years, but with millennials refraining from home ownership, who will be buying them? The U.S. housing market is on the verge of being inundated with homes for sale on a scale […]



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