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Homes by Tradition wins two Reggie Awards for Spirit of Brandtjen homes in Lakeville


The Fall Parade of Homes has finished a successful year.  Many areas have reported great traffic at their model homes showing positive signs that we have rounded the corner on the market.  With the close of the Parade of Homes comes the announcement of the winners of the Reggie Awards.

From the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC):

For more than 40 years, local builders have coveted the Reggie Award statue more than any other. And for 20 years Associates and Builders have entered the Trillium Awards together to showcase their successful partnerships. Winners are selected by judging teams of builders, associates and consumers who visit homes within their category and meet together to select the best example of excellence in design, construction quality and value. Reggie Awards are given to the Builder.

The Trillium Awards were established to honor our associates for their partnership with builders. As Reggie winning homes are judged the very best, so now the Trillium Awards will be given to all entered participating associates in a Reggie-winning home. The winners of this Falls Parade of Homes were announced.

I wanted to focus  on one builder in particular, Homes By Tradition.  The reason I want to focus on them is because they won not just one Reggie Award but they won 2 Reggie Awards in this Fall Parade of Homes.  In my opinion, they design and build some of the nicest new homes in the Twin Cities.

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The first award they won was for their model at Spirit of Brandtjen Farms in Lakeville, MN.  The model is at 18641 Draft Horse Blvd. Lakeville.
This home is a beautiful “farmhouse” style in the superb setting of their Spirit of Brandtjen Farm community.
This home won the Reggie Award is the $355,000 – $384,999 class. The Trillum Winners for this home were won by Aspen Electric Inc, Glowing Hearth & Home, and Southern Lights.

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Homes By Traditions second Reggie Award was also at Spirit of Brandtjen Farms in Lakeville for their model home at 5075 167th Street Lakeville, MN.   This home won the Reggie Award for the $575,000 – $749,999 class.

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The Trillium Winners for this home were Aspen Electric Inc., Glowing Hearth & Home, and JJ Vanderson & Co.

This home was a featured model in the Parade for being one of the first to earn the Minnesota Green Path Certification .  Another reason I believe Homes by Tradition is a market leader.

How does one win a Reggie Award?  It is quite simple, but not very easy.   To win a Trillium Award a Home Builder needs to stand out of the crowd in excellence.  This is done by superior design, attention to detail and value.  The Reggie Award winners are the home builders that are leading the trends and stand out from the rest.

What I think sets Homes By Tradition apart from the crowd is their ability to create warm feeling home designs reminiscent of the traditional homes we all know and love while incorporating all of today’s lifestyle needs and technology creating a New Traditional home.  They are able to implement this feeling effectively as they also design and create neighborhood communities with this same feeling of Home.

Spirit of Brandtjen Farms in Lakeville, MN is a perfect example of the community neighborhood they are able to create and design.  Spirit of Brandtjen Farms is in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District #196.

 Check out Spirit of Brandtjen Farms website.

  

They offer these great neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities ;  Hampton Hills in Plymouth, Dancing Waters in Woodbury, Heritage Landing in Prior Lake, Cobbelstone Lake in Prior Lake, Argenta Hills in Inver Grove Heights, and Territory in Credit River.

If you have not seen Homes By Tradition homes or neighborhoods, I encourage you to go check at their great designs and home at their models from 12:00 – 5:00 daily.

One of their new neighborhoods that I think is really exciting is Hampton Hills in Plymouth, MN.  They are currently under construction on a second model home, but you can still see their first model home.  I believe we might see the next Reggie Award come from this new neighborhood.   They have a great model there open daily from 12:00-5:00.

Congratulations to everyone at Homes By Tradition.  You earned these awards.

Homes By Tradition President, Dean Nelson Accepting both Reggie Awards

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New Residential Sales, US Census and HUD report 09/26/2011


The US Census and HUD (Department of Housing and Development) released this morning the August 2011 New Residential Sales Report. (Sold, New Construction)

The headlines are reading: “New Residential Sales down 2.3% for August 2011.”   Which is a true statement on a national statistic.  Unfortunately they don’t break these figures down by County, City or State.  They do however break it down by Region.  Below is a graph I produced from this report showing the Midwest Region.

As a region, we fared much better than the rest of the nation.  The Midwest Region had an 8.2% increase from July 2011 to August 2011 and a 65.6% increase from August 2010 to August 2011 in New Residential Sales.  The midwest region was the only region that saw growth.

This is a good sign for our market.

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Local Architect wins Marvin Windows & Doors annual Challenge


Every year Marvin Windows & Doors has a contest recognizing the best architecture internationally.  This year a local architect, Jeff Murphy of Murphy & Co. Design, Buffalo, MN won for their design of Hunting Barn in Highcroft – Wayzata, MN.

Hunting Barn, Highcroft, Wayzata, MN Architect: Murphy & Co Design Buffalo, MN

 To see more on the Murphy & Co Design’s winning project, visit their website and search for Highcroft Hunting Barn. They have a lot of great designs.

To read about other winners around the world, check out this article from Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal.

The contest run by Warroad-based Marvin recognizes the best architecture in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom. One of the winners this year was a four-story villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Sotogrande, Spain.

“These winning projects are an inspiring display of architecture,” Brett Boyum, Marvin’s director of marketing, said in a news release. “Whether a faithful historic restoration or a completely original creation, these architects show what’s possible with inspiration and a focus on quality.”

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Minneapolis St Paul Building Permits and Housing Starts


I just posted the Building Permits and Housing Starts for the State of Minnesota, and now I see they just released the Minneapolis/St Paul charts.  This is what counts for us, not the national stats or State stats – although they are a good barometer.

As you can see we are “bouncing along the bottom” still.  I wish we had data going back further to see how this compares to other recession periods.  Housing Starts and Building Permits will continue to bounce along the bottom until the region starts creating more jobs, supporting additional population (immigration and natural birth).  We need to keep a close eye on the employment figures, see chart following the permits and starts below:

These were released today (8/25/2011) from the US Department of Commerce: Census Bureau. 

Mpls/St Paul 1 Unit Housing StartsMpls/St Paul Housing Units Authorized 8/25/2011

 

Minneapolis/St Paul Region Employment/Labor Force July 2011

 As you can see with this chart, we have growing spread between employment and the labor force. (what the unemployment rate tracks).  This shows us we have approx 122,728 unemployed in the labor force in the Twin Cities 7 County region.  Assuming we could get to full employment, that is a lot of demand for housing.  But let’s just calculate the difference between Jan 2005 and Jan 2011, that is approx 55,259 additional unemployed workers in the Twin Cities 7 County metro region.  Not all of them will buy or rent housing, but a lot of them will.  Keep in mind, we have approx 26,000 properties for sale in the Twin Cities metro region…  If we use the old ratio of 1 housing unit to every 2 jobs (a number I pulled out of thin air..) we end up with demand for approx 27,629 housing units more than depleting our all of our supply. (double-check my math! I might have miscalculated on the back of a napkin here..)  If  that were to happen, builders would need to build approx 20,000 housing units to allow for immigration, new household formations, and move-up buyers.   If employment turns around quickly, we could end up with a housing shortage.  Not that we should be holding our breath right now, doesn’t look like anything promising that direction on the horizon yet..
Increasing employment is the only way this market will recover…

 

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