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Second Quarter Results Show 55+ Housing Market Remains in Positive Territory

The National Association of Home Builder’s single-family 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) increased one point to 57 in the second quarter of 2016 (Figure 1). This is the ninth consecutive quarter with a reading above 50. An index number above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. Figure 1: 55+ Housing Market Index: Single-family, Seasonally Adjusted… Read More ›

More Banks Tighten Credit Standards on MF Debt

Results from the most recent Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) indicate that lending standards on multifamily residential mortgages continue to show signs of tightening and the pace of tightening is growing. The Federal Reserve Board’s SLOOS asks senior loan officers at large banks their opinion on changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to… Read More ›

Homeownership Rate at Record Low

According to Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the homeownership rate dropped to 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016. It is the lowest level since 1965, when the Census Bureau started tracking these data. This was a second straight quarterly decrease, down by 60 basis points on a nonseasonally adjusted basis from three months ago. The homeownership rate continued… Read More ›

New Home Sales: Financing Source Shares Hold Steady

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, FHA, and VA loans, as well as cash, held steady in the second quarter of 2016 while the number of new homes sold grew by 22%. According to data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Sales by Price… Read More ›

June Pending Home Sales Rise on Gains in the Northeast and the Midwest

According to the National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), nationwide, signed contracts for existing homes inched up 0.2% over the month of June 2016. The PHSI is forward looking indicator for contracting closings (i.e. existing home sales). June marks the fourth monthly increase in the PHSI over the past five months. Over the year, the PHSI rose… Read More ›

Remodeling Market Index Holds Steady in Second Quarter

The National Association of Home Builder’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) dropped one point to 53 in the second quarter of 2016. Although the index dropped slightly, this quarter marks the 13th quarter in which the index is above the breakeven point of 50. An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior… Read More ›

Why Is the Labor Force Participation Rate Declining?

There has been no shortage of discussion around the declining US labor force participation rate. After its peak of 67.3 percent in the early months of 2000, the rate declined steadily until the mid-2000s, then plummeted when the US Financial Crisis hit. As of June 2016, the rate stood at 62.7 percent of the civilian, non-institutionalized population (Figure 1). Figure… Read More ›

Producer Price Index Posts Broad-Based Gains

Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) increased 0.5% in June according to the latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The increase was driven by a 0.4% increase in the price of services, while the final demand index for goods rose 0.8% (the price of services is weighted roughly double the… Read More ›

Apartment Absorptions and Completions Grew in 2015

The rental apartment market continued to post solid growth in 2015. Both multifamily starts and completions increased. Data from the US Census Bureau shows that multifamily for-rent starts totaled to 372,000 units in 2015, which is 13 percent higher than in 2014. According to the Survey of Market Absorption (SOMA), completions of privately financed, unsubsidized, unfurnished rental apartments in buildings… Read More ›

Vinyl is the Most Widely Used Exterior On New Homes

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common principal siding material on new single-family homes started in 2015 (27 percent), followed by stucco (25 percent), brick or brick veneer (22 percent each), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) (19 percent). Wood or wood products accounted for… Read More ›