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Eye on the Economy: Growth for July Sales

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis from Chief Economist David Crowe. July housing data brought good news for both the newly built and existing home markets. July newly built homes sales, as reported by the Census Bureau and HUD, rose 5.4% from June and 25.8% from July 2014. The increase brings annual new… Read More ›

Steady AD&C Loan Growth

The volume of residential AD&C loans outstanding expanded 4.7% during the second quarter of 2015, marking the 9th consecutive quarter of growth. The tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans has been a factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis, the outstanding stock of 1-4 unit residential construction loans made by… Read More ›

What Types of Foundations Are Used in New Homes?

NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) shows that the market share of new single-family homes built on slabs has been generally increasing, whereas homes with basements or crawl spaces have been on the decline since the year 2000. 56% of all new single-family started in 2014 were built on slab foundations, 28% had a full/partial basement, and 15%… Read More ›

Rates on New Home Loans Hit 2015 High

On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes increased 12 basis points in July, to 3.98 percent, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  At 3.98, this is the highest the contract rate has been since December of last year. Initial fees have some ability to offset increases in a… Read More ›

Pending Sales Maintain the Ride Up

The Pending Home Sales Index increased in July for the sixth time in seven months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 0.5% in July from an upwardly revised June report, and is up 7.4% from the same month a year ago. Most of the… Read More ›

How Long Does It Take to Build an Apartment Building?

The average length of time to complete construction of a multifamily building, after obtaining authorization, was 11.7 months according to the 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau. The permit-to-completion time increased by approximately one month from 2013 to 2014, as per unit median square footage and the share of multifamily buildings with 20+ units rose. The average… Read More ›

House Prices Rise in the Second Quarter of 2015; Appreciation Will Continue Through 2016

The recent release from Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Case-Shiller indicates that their measure of national house prices, the House Price Index – National, rose by 0.3% on a quarterly seasonally adjusted basis in the second quarter of 2015. Including a .03% rise in the first quarter of 2012, the second quarter of 2015 marks the 14th consecutive quarter-over-quarter increase in the house… Read More ›

Are AD&C Lending Conditions Tightening?

Builders and developers continue to report easing credit conditions for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans according to NAHB’s most recent survey on AD&C financing, although a separate Federal Reserve survey is trending differently. In the second quarter of 2015, the overall net tightening index of the NAHB survey was -30.7,which represents somewhat less easing than in the first quarter… Read More ›

Increase for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

Single-family homes built-for-rent increased to approximately 8,000 starts for the second quarter of 2015, compared to about 6,000 for the same period of 2014. The share and count of built-for-rent starts are off post-recession highs and will likely approach historical norms as the housing market continues to expand. However, given the relatively small size of this market, care must be taken when tracing changes in the… Read More ›