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The Great Delay: Student Loan Debt and Homeownership

A record number of millennials, individuals aged 18 to 34 years, are delaying household formation. This Great Delay, instead of the forbearance of impending doom, may actually be a sign of prudent economic decision making from a generation coming of age during turbulent economic times. Instead of forming a household, many have enrolled in college or stayed in school to… Read More ›

Multifamily Residential Construction Spending up 38.4% from One Year Ago

The latest Census estimate shows significant gains in single-family and multifamily private residential construction spending from one year ago. On a 3-month moving average basis from July 2013, single-family construction spending increased 9.9% and multifamily construction spending increased 38.4%. The current seasonally adjusted annual rate for total private residential construction spending (single-family, multifamily, and home improvements) is $358.1 billion. Although… Read More ›

House Prices Record Annual Gains

Recently released data by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Case-Shiller indicates that its measure of house prices, the House Price Index – National, rose by 6% on a year-over-year not seasonally adjusted basis. This is the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in the house price index. This index was recently converted from a quarterly frequency to a monthly one…. Read More ›

Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. The report provides results from the Board’s 2013 survey of households on topics that include household finances, housing and living arrangements, student loan debt, retirement, and health expenses. Respondents to the survey were asked a series of questions relevant to the housing market. A significant… Read More ›

Food and Shelter Prices Rise in July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that consumer prices increased slightly in July by 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis. This represents the smallest month-over-month increase since February. Over the past twelve months, prices on expenditures made by urban consumers increased 2.0% before seasonal adjustments. The energy price index decreased 0.3% month-over-month in July following a large 1.6%… Read More ›

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Continue to Improve

Data released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) indicates that the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties, considered single-family properties, decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.04% of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2014, 7 basis points less than its level in the first quarter of 2014 and 92 basis… Read More ›

Immigrant Homeownership

Immigrants can have a large impact on housing demand. Research from NAHB in 2012 demonstrated that using the low end Census projections on net immigration (1.2 million annually), after 10 years new immigrants would occupy 2 million multifamily units and 1.2 million single-family homes. In addition, the Research Institute for Housing America projects that from 2010 to 2020, immigrants will account… Read More ›

Shortages of Key Building Materials Have Eased in 2014

Unlike recent news that builders continue to face serious difficulties finding lots and labor to build new homes, a survey conducted by NAHB in July shows that shortages of key building materials have actually eased in 2014. In fact, only 15% of builders reported some or serious shortages of trusses or clay bricks, the highest incidence among the more than… Read More ›

Local Economies Continue to Advance

The NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index advanced one point in the second quarter 2014 to .89 from a June level of .88. The index measures the US and 351 metropolitan markets’ proximity to normal economic and housing market activity. A value of one or more means the market is back to or above a normal level with an average of… Read More ›