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Eye on the Economy: Focus on Labor Markets

NAHB surveys of the residential construction industry reveal that the cost and availability of workers will be the top business challenge of 2016, as it was last year. And new labor market data are consistent with these results. According to the NAHB survey, 76% of builders expect labor cost and availability to be a problem in 2016. This concern over labor… Read More ›

Count of Unfilled Construction Jobs Jumps

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased significantly in December, even as hiring in the home building sector has grown. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) increased to 207,000 in December from 138,000 in November. The December estimate solidly beats the previous… Read More ›

Labor is Top Challenge for Builders

Topping the list of problems builders faced in 2015 and expect to face in 2016 is the Cost/Availability of Labor, an issue for 76% of builders who expect it to increase in 2016 and which has increased in importance the past three years. In 2013, 53% of builders rated labor as a significant problem, followed by 61% in 2014 and… Read More ›

In Every State, Over 1/3 of Households are 55+

In a recent study, NAHB used newly released American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau to show that, in the U.S. as a whole, there are a little over 48 million households headed by someone age 55 or older, accounting for roughly 42 percent of all U.S. households. Although the percentage is different in different states, the variation… Read More ›

Savings Rate Trending Up

Total personal income increased to $15,648 billion, up by 0.3% in December 2015 on a month-over-month basis according to the most current data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income growth in 2015 remained strong, with the highest increase (0.64%) in April following a weak or nearly 0% increase in March. Disposable personal income – income remaining after deducting… Read More ›

Features Most Likely to Show up in Typical Single-family Home in 2016

Successful businesses stay on top of what their competitors are doing. For home builders, this involves knowing what features other builders are putting in their new homes.  In December 2015, a nationwide survey asked builders about the likelihood that a number of features would be included in the typical single-family home they will build in 2016. Using a scale from… Read More ›

Construction Spending Rises in December

NAHB analysis of Census construction spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for December increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $430 billion. On a month-over-month basis, private single-family spending was $231 billion, up by 1% over the revised November estimate. Private multifamily spending also increased to $53 billion, up by 2.66%. Over the same period, private… Read More ›

Gen-X Homeownership Increases, Household Formations Rise

According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the nation’s homeownership rate in the last quarter of 2015 was 63.8%. However, the homeownership rate was still down by 20 basis points on a nonseasonally adjusted basis from the last quarter of 2014 to the last quarter of 2015. Compared to the peak at the end of 2004, the homeownership… Read More ›

New Home Sales: Sources of Financing

NAHB analysis of the most recent Census estimates concerning sources of financing for new home sales reveals an ongoing long-run trend toward conventional mortgages. According to data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Sales by Price and Financing and NAHB calculations, new home sales due to FHA-backed loans were effectively unchanged at a quarterly count of 18,000 and a market share of 16% for the fourth… Read More ›

Pending Sales Inch Up

The Pending Home Sales Index was virtually unchanged in December, but has increased year-over-year for 16 consecutive months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 0.1% in December to 106.8 from a downwardly revised 106.7 November, and was 4.2% above the same month a year… Read More ›