Nationwide, home building companies are attempting to find new ways to provide more affordable homes to the multitudes of prospective buyers who are starting to form new households or are currently renting. They are providing smaller lots and smaller homes in less developed areas, and fewer bells and whistles, for sure, but also innovative financing programs and warranties ensuring there will be none of the surprise costs that so often come with existing homes. But builders are also looking to shoulder their share of the costs. Sixty-one percent of this year’s survey respondents said their biggest opportunity in 2018 lay in operational efficiencies. Companies that act to trim their expenses and implement more efficient methods of construction should be able to offer lower prices and, perhaps, see additional profit, as well. See the complete list here.