Tag Archive for ‘construction’

AD&C Lending for Home Building Remains Restrictive

A number of economic indicators are pointing to improving days ahead for housing and home building. These include The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached its highest level since April 2007 The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, a measure of home buying affordability, is at an all time high The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index now counts 98 metro areas as improving… Read More ›

AD&C Lending for Home Building Remains Restrictive

A number of economic indicators are pointing to improving days ahead for housing and home building. These include The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reached its highest level since April 2007 The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, a measure of home buying affordability, is at an all time high The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index now counts 98 metro areas as improving… Read More ›

House Prices: the “Priced Out” Effect

NAHB Economics regularly receives requests to evaluate the effects of pending new regulations on housing affordability in local markets where regulatory actions are expected to raise home prices.  The NAHB Priced Out Model provides straightforward answers on the issue. The model estimates how many households can qualify for a new home mortgage before and after a house price increase. The… Read More ›

Spending on Private Residential Construction Finishes Year on a High Note

According to the Census Bureau, total spending on private residential construction projects increased 0.8% during December. The initial estimate for November was revised measurably lower from an increase of 2% down to an outright decline of 0.3% (due primarily to a sizable downward revision to home improvement spending), while the reported growth rate for October was bumped up to 2.8%…. Read More ›

Construction Hiring Slows While Overall Hiring Increases, per November JOLTS Data

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data for November from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates improving hiring conditions for the overall economy. While total job openings for all non-farm sectors were essentially unchanged at 3.2 million, total hires increased to 4.1 million, which is tied with September of 2011 for the most number of hires since the Fall of 2008. The… Read More ›

Top 2011 Posts: The Importance of Independent Contractors for Construction

With the end of 2011 approaching, the contributors of NAHB’s Eye on Housing thought it would be useful to take a look at the updates that attracted the most readers over the last year. In June we examined data concerning the construction sector labor market. Comparing these numbers to those associated with the economy as a whole highlights the importance of independent contract status for… Read More ›

Construction Jobs Continue Slow Growth per October JOLTS Data

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data for October from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that the national economy, while sluggish, continues to trend better with respect to job openings. Total job openings for all non-farm sectors were essentially unchanged at 3.3 million. The job openings rate of 2.4% for October remains at levels last consistently experienced in 2008. The… Read More ›

PPI: Energy Prices Ease In October, But Most Residential Building Material Prices Shift Up

An easing in energy prices aided a decrease in the producer price index for finished goods (PPI) in October. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a seasonally adjusted 0.3% decline in the PPI in October, driven by a 1.4% (SA) decrease in the prices for finished energy goods. The index for finished goods has fluctuated in recent months, but has… Read More ›

Sharp Rise in Gypsum Prices Likely in New Year

Gypsum production is heavily dependent on construction industries. Approximately 90% of gypsum is used in the manufacture of wallboard for residential and non-residential building applications. A further 5% is used as an additive in cement production. The steep decline in the residential and non-residential building sectors over the past five years has greatly affected gypsum demand. Consumption of gypsum fell… Read More ›