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Further Signs of Normalization in House Price Growth

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index – Purchase Only, rose by 5.4% on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in December 2014. This marks the 35th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. Over this nearly three-year period, house prices have risen by 20.0% and have now surpassed their November 2005 level…. Read More ›

Consumers Prices Fall 0.7% in January

The consumer price index fell for the third straight month as the price of gasoline continued its sharp decline. The prices on expenditures made by urban consumers decreased 0.1% over the past twelve months before seasonal adjustments. According to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the consumer price index decreased 0.7% on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month… Read More ›

State/Local Corporate Income Tax Receipts Increase 6.2%

Although the corporate income tax represents the smallest share state and local tax receipts, third quarter collections experienced the largest increase from the same quarter one year ago. In the third quarter of 2014 approximately $11.5 billion was collected in corporate income tax receipts or an increase of 6.2% from the third quarter of 2013. Over the same period individual… Read More ›

Updates to the Snapshot of Local HBA Economic and Housing Statistics

NAHB recently updated the on-line tool that provides economic and housing statistics for all local associations of the federation. The tool now aggregates county-level data from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) and reflects HBA jurisdictions as of the annual NAHB Board of Directors Meeting. The changes were rolled out at the International Builders’ Show. Participating EOs indicated that the… Read More ›

Nearly Half of Young Millennials Boomerang

Recent analysis of a survey of a segment of millennials, those born between 1980 and 1984, found that 90% moved out of their parents’ household by age 27. Of those moving out, however, over 50% returned. This return is sometimes referred as “Boomeranging,” moving out of a parental home and back. This experience has implications for household formation that are… Read More ›

Single-Family Construction Spending Increases 12.3% for the Year

Total private residential spending increased from the revised November estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $349.6 billion. The December month-over-month increase of 0.3% was driven by a large increase in the single-family component of private residential construction. Single-family spending increased 1.2% over the revised November estimate while multifamily spending increased 0.3%. Over the same period private construction spending… Read More ›

Rental Vacancy Rate at 20 Year Low

The rental market continues to be heat up with the national rental vacancy rate dropping to a 20 year low. At the same time, the homeownership rate continues to fall and is now at a low point not seen since the third quarter of 1994. The current first-time buyers share is 29% and remains well below the historical average of… Read More ›

House Price Growth Shows Signs of Normalizing

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index – Purchase Only, rose by 5.3% on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in November 2014. This marks the 34th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. Over this period of more than two-and-a-half years, house prices have risen by 19.0% and have… Read More ›

A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

NAHB hosted an economic and housing outlook seminar at its International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas inviting Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, and David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, to join David Crowe to discuss the outlook for 2015. Here’s the highlights. A strengthening labor market, low interest rates, improving mortgage availability and growing pent-up demand will… Read More ›