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Slow Rise in Consumer Prices in July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported consumer prices increased in July. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6%, slower than 3.9% in June. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6% in July. Energy prices were stabilized and rose at a… Read More ›

International Perspective: The VAT and Housing

***The following post was authored by NAHB’s Economics and Housing Policy Group’s summer intern, Emily Condos. Value Added Taxes (VAT) are a reliable source of revenue for many governments, with the United States being a notable exception with respect to their use. The taxation of housing is a key element in designing a VAT. An overly broad tax base with… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Pace of Home Sales Weakens in June

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis. Newly constructed single-family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 482,000 in June, down 6.8% from May’s 517,000. Despite the monthly decline, the June measure was up 18% from the comparable June 2014 pace of 408,000 new home sales. In general, new home sales have… Read More ›

New Residential Energy Tax Credit Estimates

In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing that benefitted new home buyers and remodeling homeowners. These policies included the tax code section 45L credit for the construction of energy-efficient homes (including for-rent residences and low-rise apartments), the 25C credit for retrofitting/remodeling existing homes, and the 25D credit for the installation of power production property in… Read More ›

An International Comparison of Real Estate Property Taxes

As a share of total taxes collected, real estate property taxes in the United States are responsible for a relatively high share of total government revenues. According to statistics produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average share of total government tax collections due to real estate property taxes (recurrent taxes on immovable property) was 3.347%. In contrast, for the United… Read More ›

New Study Highlights Importance of Like-Kind Exchange Rules

New academic analysis illustrates the critical role that tax code’s like-kind exchange rules play for the real estate sector. The research was authored by David Ling of the University of Florida and Milena Petrova of Syracuse University, with financial support from the Real Estate Like-Kind Exchange Coalition, which is comprised of organizations representing all sectors of the real estate industry, including… Read More ›

Nearly 90% of NAHB Remodelers Commonly Use Low-E Windows

Energy efficient windows again ranked as green feature commonly used by the most remodelers in NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2015.  Nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year. Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats, and ENERGY STAR appliances, each… 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 ›