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Garages in New Homes: 2015 Data

A majority of new homes that completed construction in 2015 included two-car garages, according to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau Survey of Construction data. For new single-family completions in 2015, 61% of homes offered a two-car garage. Another 24% of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three or more cars. Just 6% of newly-built homes had a one-car garage, and only 1%… Read More ›

First-Time Buyers Step Up

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 3.2% in September and were up 0.6% from the same month a year ago, as first-time buyers seized a 34% share of sales. Total existing home sales in September increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.47 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops,… Read More ›

September Housing Starts Decline on Multifamily Weakness

The September pace of total housing starts decreased 9% due a substantial decline in multifamily production. Single-family construction continues, as expected, along a positive trend. According to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, single-family starts increased 8.1% to a 783,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate in September. Year-to-date, single-family housing starts are running almost 10% higher… Read More ›

Consumer Price Index Rose in September

Core inflation dropped while headline inflation increased in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Consumer Price Index (CPI) for September. The CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.6%, following a 2.5% increase in August. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.4%, slower than the 3.2% increase… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Remains Solid in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes remained on firm ground in October, declining two points to a level of 63 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Despite the decline, the HMI now stands at its second-highest level in 2016, a sign that the housing recovery continues to make solid progress. However,… Read More ›

Data Imply Most Homes Last More than a Century

Of the 132.42 million homes that existed in the U.S. in 2011, 98.8 percent (130.85 million) were still there two years later, according to a report published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2016. The report is called Components of Inventory Change: 2011-2013, and is based on the American Housing Survey (AHS).  The AHS, funded by HUD and conducted in… Read More ›

Fed Report Shows Strong Consumer Credit Growth

Consumer credit outstanding expanded by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 8.5% over the month of August 2016, 2.6 percentage points faster than its growth rate in July, 5.9%. According to the report, released by the Federal Reserve Board, there is now $3.69 trillion in outstanding consumer credit. Growth in revolving credit, which is largely composed of credit card debt, contributed to… Read More ›

A Closer Look at the FOMC September Meeting – How Low Can It Go?

Three dissents, all preferring an increase in the federal funds rate at the September meeting, focused on the same core argument: the current level of the unemployment rate signals a tight labor market that will persist for several years, push inflation closer to target and risks overshooting if monetary policy normalization is delayed too long. The overshooting could require a… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Decline in August

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector fell in August, as residential construction employment hiring accelerated in August and September. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) fell to 184,000 in August, after establishing a cycle high of 225,000 in July (post-data revisions). The July estimate represents… Read More ›