Tag Archive for ‘construction’

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 ›

NAHB Releases New “Priced Out” Numbers

NAHB Economics recently released its 2014 Priced Out Estimates showing that, nationally, a $1,000 increase in the median new home price (triggered, for example, by additional regulation) prices 206,269 households out of the market for the home. This means that 206,269 U.S. households could qualify for a mortgage on the median-priced new home before, but not after, the price increase…. Read More ›

Profile of NAHB’s Associate Members

Every year, NAHB conducts a census of its builder and associate members in order to better understand the composition and characteristics of its membership. The census collects company as well as demographic information. This post summarizes findings from the 2013 Associate member census, with a more extensive article available here. An earlier post summarized findings from the 2013 Builder member… Read More ›

Profile of NAHB’s Builder Members

NAHB conducts an annual census of its builder and associate members in order to better understand the composition and characteristics of its membership. The census collects company as well as demographic information. This blog entry summarizes findings from the 2013 Builder member census, with a more extensive article available here. A later entry will summarize findings from the 2013 Associate… Read More ›