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Top Builder Challenges

Builders surveyed in January 2015 ranked the most significant problems expected to face the industry in 2015. Topping the list was the Cost/Availability of Labor, an issue which has increased in importance the past two years. In 2013, 53% of builders rated Labor as a significant problem, followed by 61% in 2014 and 68% in 2015. This trend suggests an… Read More ›

Wage Growth in the Home Building/Remodeling Industry

Over the 2012-2014 period, rising job openings and employment in the residential construction industry have led to wage increases, with some occupations within the home building and remodeling sector experiencing wage growth at a rate twice the national average. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (OES) data and NAHB analysis, the 2014 median annual wage of most positions in… Read More ›

New Home Sales Take a Licking Keeps on Ticking

The annualized rate of new home sales dropped in March to 481,000 from an upwardly revised February rate of 543,000, which was a seven year high. While the March figure was 11.4% below February, it was also 19.4% above March 2014 when the housing market and the entire economy were suffering from an unusually cold winter. First quarter sales are… Read More ›

Spring for Existing Home Sales in America?

Existing home sales soared 6.1% in March, and the share of sales for first-time buyers also increased. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported March 2015 total existing home sales at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.19 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, up from an upwardly revised 4.89 million units in February. March existing sales… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Modest Gains for Home Construction

After a disappointing set of housing data last month, recent reports suggest a return to trend for home building as the nation enters the spring home buying season. Home builders reversed a one-month decline in sentiment as the April NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) increased 4 points to 56 in April from a one-point downwardly revised 52 in March…. Read More ›

Recent Homeownership Developments in the U.K.

Declines in homeownership rates are not just a concern in the U.S. In fact, homeownership declines in the U.K. have been relatively larger for younger households than the impacts experienced here. In the U.S., the homeownership rate for 25 to 34 year olds fell from 42.2% at the end of 2003 to 35.8% at the end of 2014, according to data from… Read More ›

Inflation Trajectory?

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% in March for the second consecutive month, compared to a 0.1% decline over the past 12 months. According to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the seasonally adjusted increase in March was the result of increases in the energy and shelter indexes offsetting a decrease… Read More ›

Modest Increase in Housing Production

Housing starts and permits rose modestly in March after a very disappointing February. Total housing starts increased 2% to an annual rate of 926,000 from an upwardly revised 908,000 in February. Single-family starts improved slightly better at a 4.4% increase to 618,000 from a virtually unchanged 592,000 in February. Multifamily starts did drop again to 308,000, the lowest annualized monthly… Read More ›