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Existing Sales Surge

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), surged 14.7% in December, including an increase in the first-time buyer share to 32%, the highest share since August. December sales snapped back from a November decline partially attributable to delays in closings from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule by the Consumer… Read More ›

Home Construction Up for 2015

With the December report on housing starts and permits, preliminary totals for 2015 are now available. Total housing starts at 1.11 million were up 10.8% in 2015 compared to 2014. Single-family starts were up 10.4% to 715,300 and multifamily starts were up 11.4% to 396,000. All four census regions also experienced increases in single-family starts for 2015. The monthly change… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in January

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes held steady at 60 in January from a downwardly revised December reading of 60, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The January HMI reading is in line with NAHB’s forecast of modest growth for housing. NAHB expects growth in 2016 for the single-family, multifamily, and remodeling sectors… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Existing Home Sales Weak Despite Good Job Numbers

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis. Sales of existing homes weakened at the end of 2015, despite ongoing good news for job creation. According to estimates from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the seasonally adjusted volume of home resales declined 10.5% from October to November and were 3.8% lower than a year prior…. Read More ›

Stronger Growth for Residential Construction Employment

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased in November, as hiring in the home building sector accelerated. 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 135,000 in November from 121,000 in October. The cycle high of 168,000 open positions was set during March…. Read More ›

Homebuilder and Remodeler Cost Breakdown

NAHB analysis of the latest Economic Census data shows that, on average, residential construction establishments were able to cover their hard and soft construction costs and generate positive profits in 2012. The 2012 data show that the direct costs of construction – consisting of construction payroll, costs of construction work subcontracted out to others, and costs for materials/supplies – vary… Read More ›

Home Prices in October — Moving Toward the Trend Line

The Case-Shiller (CS) National Home Price Index, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 11.0% in October. The Home Price Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.0%. Both indexes show monthly volatility but the trend has been relatively flat over 2014 and 2015…. Read More ›

Construction Spending Rises in November; Significant Improvement Spending Revisions

NAHB analysis of Census construction spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for November increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $428 billion. On a month-over-month basis, private single-family spending was $227 billion, up by 0.6% over the revised October estimate. But private multifamily spending decreased to $57 billion, down by 0.7%. Annually, the pace of multifamily… Read More ›

Pending Sales Fade

For the third time in four months, the Pending Home Sales Index decreased in November, but has increased year-over-year for 15 consecutive months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 0.9% in November to 106.9 from an upwardly revised 107.9 in October, but remained 2.7%… Read More ›