Tag Archive for ‘economics’

First Time Buyers Arrive

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 1.1% in June to the highest level since February 2007, as first-time buyers grabbed a 33% share, the best performance in four years. June existing sales are up 3.0% from the same month a year ago. Total existing home sales in June increased to a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›

Construction Gains in June

The June pace of single-family housing starts increased over a downwardly revised May reading, standing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 778,000 according to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The June rate marks a 13% gain in the pace of single-family construction on a year-over-year basis. Multifamily starts were up slightly in June, rising to 411,000 starts. However,… Read More ›

Slight Decline for Construction Job Openings as Hiring Slows

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector declined, but remained elevated, in May after setting a post-Great Recession high in March. Simultaneously, the rate of jobs being added to the residential construction sector has slowed noticeably over the last three months. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Outstanding Partly Fueled by Strengthening Demand

Consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.2%, $222.7 billion, in the month of May 2016, 1.7 percentage points faster than the 4.5% rate of growth recorded in April. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.624 trillion. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit report, the increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion in the… Read More ›

Lots in 2015 are Smallest on Record

The median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold in 2015 dropped under 8,600 square feet for the first time since Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) started tracking the series. An acre is 43,560 square feet, so the current median lot size is just under one-fifth of an acre. In 2014, Paul Emrath used a football field… Read More ›

Vinyl is the Most Widely Used Exterior On New Homes

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common principal siding material on new single-family homes started in 2015 (27 percent), followed by stucco (25 percent), brick or brick veneer (22 percent each), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) (19 percent). Wood or wood products accounted for… Read More ›

Pending Sales Pause

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 3.7% in May, and fell year-over-year for the first time since August 2014. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased to 110.8 in May from a downwardly revised 115.0 in April, and is 0.2% below the same month a… Read More ›

More Builders Report Labor/Subcontractor Shortages

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2016 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors have become more widespread than they were a year ago. The survey consisted of special questions on labor and subcontractor availability that NAHB has periodically added to the instrument for the monthly NAHB/Well Fargo Housing Market Index.  The questions have covered 9… Read More ›

Brexit and U.S. Housing: Possible Impacts

The most important economic news of last week concerned the United Kingdom referendum, which supported a departure of the U.K. from the European Union (Brexit). This political action has caused stock market declines and a fair amount of concern about the health of the global economy. How does housing and home building fit into this set of impacts? I think it… Read More ›