BUILDER Magazine and its house plans subsidiary have published lists of best selling floor plans. This story features the best selling small house plans with less than 2,000 finished square feet.
No doubt this was a phenomenal Parade of Homes for the Twin Cities new construction market. According to the Builder Association of the Twin Cities, this was the best Parade since 2007. It probably helps that the number of builders who were presenting their homes is down substantially since 2007, but the foot traffic really was excellent and the sales were well beyond expectations. I recall at the top of the housing market that there were 1,100 to 1,200 homes that were being shown in the Parade of Homes. If I’m not mistaken, I think this year the number was less than 400. Those who have stuck it out are doing well!
Rochester Minnesota, home to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, has been showing signs of improvement for new construction. Commercial construction is up 14% (2011 vs. 2010) but according to the Post Bulletin story about Rochester construction, the permit numbers don’t tell the whole story because some of those commercial projects are very large.
According to the Post Bulletin, there are new Mayo medical facilities to be built as well as a new Lourdes high school. Home remodeling is also showing signs of strength in Rochester much like it is across the U.S.
- iPad helps saves man’s life (tissuepathology.com)
- Duluth & Rochester, MN make the NAHB Improving Markets Index (craigkamman.com)
- Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau selects New Media Gateway (prweb.com)
- Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media : Role model for legal profession (kevin.lexblog.com)