Editor's Note, Magazine Biz



Welcome Readers,

To the January issue of Builder and Developer Magazine! We have brought in the New Year with a bang, securing an interview from NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz as our back interview, and interviewing some really amazing industry leaders for this 2019-outlook themed issue.

What I love about the New Year is the endless amount of possibilities that accompany the ball drop. People discuss their goals, for the coming year. As the Editor of Builder and Developer, I have some goals as well. This year I would like to provide you, the reader, with the best, freshest, and most timely content you have ever seen – so if you have some news you think is worthy, email me at abby@penpubinc.com.

I hope that, as an industry, we all face this new year fresh-eyed and optimistic. The second half of 2018 may have been a little rougher than we would have liked, but now we have the opportunity to make some changes. Discuss among your colleagues how we can move into this year inspired with innovation fresh on our minds. Question our current practices, question how we can improve and why we do things a certain way. Curiosity compliments innovation incredibly well.

One of my favorite people to interview, CR Herro, Vice President of Innovation at Meritage homes said this to our 2019 Outlook theme: “Every problem is an opportunity. 2019 is starting with a lot of new opportunities for builders. Direct cost increases, trade labor shortages, [and] higher interest rates all put pressure on our existing business paradigm. There is tremendous opportunity within those challenges to innovate and create opportunities and successes. Meritage is focused on challenging the whole upstream business of design, procurement, and construction to create more value in the resultant homes.”

Challenging the industry should be everyone’s goal this coming season. Things may have slowed down, but our minds need to remain clear and sharp. In the Featured Interview with Dietz this issue, we had the opportunity to discuss what sort of solutions can help alleviate the pressure on the industry, specifically, affordable housing: “Local community leaders working with builders are really going to have to take seriously the regulatory costs associated with construction,” Dietz said. “I think 2019 is going to be a key year of housing affordability as an important advocacy issue for the industry. And that can be things like looking at zoning laws, looking at impact fees, looking at other costs… All these factors essentially get embedded into home prices and price out potential homebuyers from the market.”

The new year is a great time to make and fulfill goals, and advocacy and innovation are two of the best goals I have heard in a while. Let’s stay positive and work hard to have a wonderful New Year.

Until next time,

Abby Pittman


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