The Big Story Blog

Views on Minnesota's new housing market

Posted at 3:05 PM on December 20, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Housing and mortgages

We reached out today to sources in the MPR News Public insight Network for some thoughts on this morning's better-than-expected numbers on national housing starts and maybe a look at the future.

We got some generally positive responses from folks about where the local housing market is headed.

"The last four years have been brutal, but we had a good year finally in 2011," Clark Bremer, a heavy timber specialist in new residential construction, told us. "The phone is ringing. Architects have more projects."

Click on the map icons to read other responses we got, then add your voice.

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"The high-performance market is growing in this recession, but lack of available financing mechanisms is putting a damper on growth as it does on the conventional home projects," said Tim Eian, an architectural engineer and designer of high-performance homes.

Still, he sees a bright outlook for the coming year, noting, "a decent pipeline of projects and continuously growing interest in high-performance homes."

NOTE: We featured the comments of one of our Network sources, Alex Stenback, in an earlier, separate post.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.