Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Winter Slump Over

Builders increased building activity in April to a level not seen since November 2007. Total starts increased 20.2% from March to April to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million. The increase was broad based with a 16.7% increase in single-family starts to a level of 733,000, the highest since January 2008, and multifamily (2 or more units in the… Read More ›

Nearly 90% of NAHB Remodelers Commonly Use Low-E Windows

Energy efficient windows again ranked as green feature commonly used by the most remodelers in NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2015.  Nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year. Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats, and ENERGY STAR appliances, each… Read More ›

Producer Prices in April – Up in March, Down in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for April. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) fell 0.4% in April after a modest increase (0.2%) in March. The decline was dominated by goods, and mainly energy, but prices for services also declined by 0.1%. Prices for gypsum flattened out in April… Read More ›

Count of Open Construction Jobs in March

The number of open, unfilled construction sector positions remained elevated in March. Over the last few months, the construction labor market has experienced swings in the monthly count of new hires, as the share of open construction jobs has trended higher. 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 ›

“Lien-ing” In: What is behind the Continued Recovery of Mortgage Default Rates?

According to a report by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA) the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on 1-4 unit residential properties, considered single-family properties, decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.54% of all loans outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2015, 14 basis points less than its level in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 57… Read More ›

The Impact of Oil Prices on Bank Lending or “Will the Tail Wag the Dog?”

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its survey of senior bank loan officers. The April 2015 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices (SLOOS) addressed changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to households and businesses and over the first quarter of 2015. A previous post discussed a special question on bank approval of residential… Read More ›

According to the Survey (SLOOS), Size Really Does Matter

In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they had responded to new guidelines issued by the GSEs on November 20, 2014, on the definition of life-of-loan representation and warranty exclusions. These policies were designed,… Read More ›

Residential Remodelers Account for 22% of NAHB Builder Membership

According to NAHB’s 2014 membership census, 22 percent of NAHB’s builder members are residential remodelers. The share of members reporting residential remodeling as their primary activity peaked in 2011 and has been steadily declining over the past three years. In 2011, 28 percent of NAHB’s builder members were residential remodelers, compared to 26 percent in 2012, 24 percent in 2013,… Read More ›