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House Prices Record Annual Gains

Recently released data by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Case-Shiller indicates that its measure of house prices, the House Price Index – National, rose by 6% on a year-over-year not seasonally adjusted basis. This is the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the house price index. This index was recently converted from a quarterly frequency to a monthly one…. Read More ›

Survey Indicates Continued Easing of AD&C Loan Conditions

Builders and developers continue to report easing credit conditions for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans according to NAHB’s survey on AD&C financing. In the second quarter of 2014, the overall net tightening index based on the NAHB survey was -22.7, which represents somewhat less easing than in the 1st quarter 2014 when the index was -32.0. The index is… Read More ›

New Home Sales Hesitate

New home sales fell another 2.4% to an annual rate of 412,000 in July, down 10,000 from an upwardly revised June figure of 422,000. The last three months of sales averaged the same as the annual figure for 2013 at 429,000 — but in contrast to the first two months of the year that averaged 445,000 and the last quarter… Read More ›

FOMC Minutes From the July Meeting – Getting Better Slowly and Planning Next Steps

The Federal Reserve released the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held July 29-30. Following its standard procedure the Fed released a statement immediately following the meeting announcing the major policy decisions, and released the minutes from the meeting, providing a more in-depth view of the deliberations, three weeks later. While there was a general recognition that… Read More ›

Multifamily Built for Rent Share Rises Again

The share of multifamily units built for rent rose again during the second quarter. This increasing market share for rental multifamily homes is holding typical new unit size below levels seen during the housing boom. However, as multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. According to second quarter 2014 data from… Read More ›

Townhouse Market Flat

Total townhouse construction was effectively unchanged on a year-over-year basis during the second quarter of 2014. According to NAHB analysis of Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, single-family attached starts totaled 19,000 for the quarter, the same level a year from a year prior. Over the last four quarters, townhouse construction starts totaled 67,000, down from the 73,000… Read More ›

Existing Sales Continue to Increase

Existing home sales increased for the fourth consecutive month and the share of distressed sales decreased, making the report positive news for future new home sales because each prospective repeat buyer must sell their existing home before buying a newly built home. Existing home sales increased 2.4% in July, but are still 4.3% below the same period a year ago…. Read More ›

Custom Home Building Grows During the Second Quarter

Custom home building recorded growth during the second quarter of 2014. NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of starts of homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor, rose from 39,000 for the second quarter of 2013 to 48,000… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Home Construction Rebounds in July

After a disappointing June report, housing starts rebounded to an annual rate of 1.093 million for a 15.7% increase over the upwardly revised June level. The substantial June dip, caused by a fall in single-family construction in the South, was eliminated as single-family construction rose 8.3% with increases in three of the four regions. Midwest single-family starts were down 6.8%… Read More ›