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Home Sales Hold Steady

September new home sales were virtually unchanged from a revised August report. At an annual rate of 467,000, new home sales were the highest since July 2008. The August number was revised downward after an unusually large and unsustainable spike. Given the month-to-month variation in the series, a quarterly average may be clearer. The third quarter finished at 446,000 up… Read More ›

Remodeling Market Index Reclaims All-Time High

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose one point to 57 in the third quarter of 2014, the sixth consecutive 3-month period the index has been over 50.  An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with… Read More ›

Increased Sales Leave First-Time Buyers Behind

Existing home sales increased to the highest level of the year, having posted gains for five of the last six months, despite weakness among first-time buyers. Existing home sales increased 2.4% in September, but remain 1.7% below the same period a year ago. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported September 2014 total existing home sales at a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›

Regional Differences in New Home Financing

According to NAHB analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of Construction (SOC) data, use of non-conventional financing methods to purchase new homes varies widely across the country. The West South Central divison is most heavily reliant on mortages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) with the share of FHA-insured loans reaching almost 20 percent. At the same time,… Read More ›

Where are Homes Built on Private Wells and with Individual Septic Systems?

According to NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) data, only 8 percent of new single-family homes started in 2013 are served by individual wells and only 15 percent have private septic systems. These shares, however, vary widely across the nine Census divisions and reach 42 and 51 percent, respectively, in New England. The SOC which is conducted by… Read More ›

Housing Construction Steady

The September housing construction report from Census Bureau and HUD rebounded from the unusually low August level and returned to the slow but steady path expected. Total starts rose just above 1 million for the third time in 2014 to an annual level of 1,017,000. Single-family starts increased slightly to 646,000 establishing a third quarter average of 646,000, a 3.4… Read More ›

New Study Highlights Benefits of the Affordable Housing Credit

A new study of California affordable housing developments provides important findings concerning the role and benefits of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The affordable housing credit ensures a supply of equity financing for the development of needed rental housing. The report was prepared for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the… Read More ›

Inflation at the Producer Level in September – Gypsum Prices, Here We Go Again

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for September. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) declined 0.1% in September from August led by declines in food and energy prices. Over the 12 months ending in September prices were up 1.6%. Softwood lumber prices rose 1.3% in September but have moved… Read More ›