Tag Archive for ‘construction’

Rental Apartment Absorption Rates Strong as Completions Rise

Absorption completions continued to rise during the third quarter of 2014.  While for-rent apartment absorption rates remained strong at the end of 2014, there was a drop in short-term absorptions for the condominium and co-op market. According to NAHB analysis of the most recent data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development Survey of Market Absorption… Read More ›

NAHB Releases New Home Building Employment Estimates by State and Congressional District

A new NAHB study presents the most comprehensive estimates of home building employment, including self-employed workers, by state and congressional district. NAHB Economics estimates that out of 8.9 million people working in construction in 2013, close to 3.5 million people worked in residential construction, accounting for 2.4 percent of the US employed civilian labor force. These numbers reflect modest job… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Edges Up in the Fourth Quarter

Slightly lower interest rates and home prices in markets across the country contributed to a slight increase in nationwide housing affordability in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  In all, 62.8 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December were… Read More ›

Construction Immigrants Highly Concentrated in Some States and Trades

New NAHB research shows that while foreign-born workers represent a substantial component of the US construction labor force, accounting for almost 23 percent, their share is even higher in construction trades, reaching 28 percent. Concentration of immigrants is particularly high in some of the trades needed to build a home, like carpenters, painters, drywall/ceiling tile installers, brick masons, and construction… Read More ›

The Construction Immigrant Worker Flow

New NAHB research estimates the immigrant labor flow into the construction industry over the housing boom and bust years. The results show that more than 135,000 immigrant workers entered the US construction industry at the height of the housing boom in 2005. By 2011, the construction immigrant flow plummeted to a low of 23,000, highlighting the role of new immigrant… Read More ›

Top Posts of 2014: Cost of Constructing a Single-family Home in 2013

With the end of 2014, NAHB’s Eye on Housing is reviewing the posts that attracted the most readers over the last year. Last January, we published data on single-family home construction costs. —————————– By Heather Taylor NAHB recently published the latest construction cost survey.  The survey shows that the average home was built on 14,359 square feet of land, had 2,607 square feet of… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Slightly Lower in Third Quarter

Firming home prices in markets across the country contributed to a slight dip in nationwide housing affordability in the third quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 61.8 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and the end of September were affordable to families… Read More ›

Remodeling Market Index Reclaims All-Time High

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose one point to 57 in the third quarter of 2014, the sixth consecutive 3-month period the index has been over 50.  An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with… Read More ›

Vinyl is the Most Widely Used Siding On New Homes Started

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common exterior wall material used in homes started in 2013 (31 percent), followed by brick or brick veneer (24 percent), stucco (22 percent), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) (17 percent). Far smaller shares of single-family homes started last… Read More ›