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Property Taxes by State – 2015

The 2015 American Community Survey data shows that New Jersey still leads the nation with the highest average annual real estate tax (RET) bill of $8,180—$7,528 more than RETs paid by Alabama’s homeowners. The overall distribution remained roughly unchanged since 2014, as the composition of the top and bottom ten remained the same. The map below clearly illustrates that the highest property… Read More ›

OSB Prices Climb 14% in 2016

The price of softwood lumber rose by 2.3% in December, while prices paid for ready-mix concrete, gypsum products, and OSB all fell, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Ready-mix concrete, gypsum products and OSB prices fell by 0.1%, 0.2%, and 1.3%, respectively. The 2.3% increase in the softwood lumber price index… Read More ›

Single-Family Construction Up in November

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending fell 0.7% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $462.9 billion. Multifamily construction spending slowed for the first time since July to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $61.9 billion, down 2.9% from the revised October estimate. Despite the slowdown, multifamily spending was still 10.7%… Read More ›

Conventional Mortgages Finance Most New Home Sales Since 2008

NAHB analysis of the most recent Census estimates concerning sources of financing for new home sales reveals that the share of mortgages financed through conventional products in the third quarter of 2016 rose to 74.1%–the highest level seen since 2008.  In contrast, cash sales accounted for the smallest portion they have since the second quarter of 2010.  The portions financed with FHA… Read More ›

Absorption Data Indicate Multifamily Market Leveling Off

The US Census Bureau recently released data on multifamily completions and absorption rates from the second quarter of 2016. Completions of privately financed, unfurnished, unsubsidized apartments in buildings with five or more units totaled to 62,600, which is approximately 5,000 fewer than completions in the second quarter of 2015 (Figure 1). Examining Figure 1 further indicates a leveling off of multifamily… Read More ›

Prices of Most Building Materials Increase in November

Prices received for three key building materials (prior to sales to consumers)— OSB, gypsum products, and ready-mix concrete—all rose in November according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In contrast, softwood lumber prices continued a three-month downward trend, falling 1%. Prices received for ready-mix concrete and gypsum products increased by 1.0% and… Read More ›

Popularity of Building Information Modeling Increases among NAHB Members

More NAHB members are familiar with and are using Building Information Modeling (BIM) for their businesses, a recently conducted NAHB survey shows. BIM is a process for managing the information produced during a construction project, in a common format, from the earliest feasibility stage through design, construction, operation and finally demolition, in order to make the most efficient use of… Read More ›

Serious Delinquency Rates Improve Across Most Household Debts

A recent release by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that, in aggregate, 90 or more day delinquency rates are falling on most household debt products. However, serious delinquency on student loans remains elevated while a greater portion of auto debt held by households with low credit scores is entering serious delinquency. The results indicate that household balance… Read More ›