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Use of Depreciation Deductions in Real Estate and Construction

Examination of IRS data demonstrates the importance of various depreciation deductions for the construction and real estate sectors. These rules include the Section 179 small business expensing option, bonus depreciation, and normal tax depreciation. The data also illustrate what classes of property are most common, including the 5-year class for construction equipment and apartment property. This information is useful for the… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Jobs Gains Will Support Housing Demand

The end of 2014 saw an acceleration of job creation that compared favorably with the poor start to the year. Combined with the ongoing expansion of consumer confidence, these trends will help support housing demand and residential construction during 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that payroll employment expanded by 257,000 in January, with an additional 147,000 jobs… Read More ›

Home Price Growth and Children’s Education and Earnings

A recently published paper by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston demonstrates a link between home price gains – and homeownership in general – and the educational attainment and future earnings of children. The paper contributes to the broad academic literature demonstrating the positive social and individual impacts of homeownership. Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics… Read More ›

Who Does LIHTC Housing Serve?

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) ensures a supply of affordable rental housing. Created as part of the 1986 tax reform effort, the LIHTC, also known as the affordable housing credit, has been responsible for financing the development of more than 2.6 million affordable rental homes. In a typical year, the housing credit also supports approximately 96,000 jobs. A recent… Read More ›

New Research Highlights Finance Constraints on Housing Demand

An interesting new paper published by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York demonstrates the important role downpayment and wealth constraints play in shaping housing demand, particularly for lower-income homebuyers. Using survey data, the authors (Andreas Fuster and Basit Zafar) employ a strategy to measure housing demand impacts that contrasts with the often used user cost model of housing in… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Labor Market Gains and Rising Consumer Confidence

Rising consumer confidence and recent labor market gains are positive developments for rental and owner-occupied housing demand going into 2015. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index December reading rose to the most favorable level since its last cyclical peak in January 2007. The survey indicated consumers anticipated a significant income increases in 2015. The separate Conference Board Consumer… Read More ›

The Construction Immigrant Worker Flow

New NAHB research estimates the immigrant labor flow into the construction industry over the housing boom and bust years. The results show that more than 135,000 immigrant workers entered the US construction industry at the height of the housing boom in 2005. By 2011, the construction immigrant flow plummeted to a low of 23,000, highlighting the role of new immigrant… Read More ›

Top Posts of 2014: Real Estate Taxes by State

With the end of 2014 approaching, NAHB’s Eye on Housing is reviewing the posts that attracted the most readers over the last year. In October, we used Census data to track property taxes among states. —————————– By Josh Miller According to the recently released 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) New Jersey once again led the nation with the highest median real estate tax bill… Read More ›

Top Posts of 2014: Renewable Energy in New Homes

With the end of 2014 approaching, NAHB’s Eye on Housing is reviewing the posts that attracted the most readers over the last year. In July, we published survey data on power production equipment in new homes. —————————– By Robert Dietz A rising number of new homes include renewable energy features, a trend that is apparent in both single-family and multifamily construction. McGraw Hill Construction’s… Read More ›