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Market Dynamics Contribute to Consumer Credit Growth

Consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.8%, $206.6 billion, in the month of February 2016, 0.7 percentage point faster than the 5.1% rate of growth recorded in January. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.568 trillion. The increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion in the outstanding amount of revolving consumer credit. The outstanding amount… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings at Cycle High

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector reached a post-Great Recession high in February. 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 193,000 in February from a downwardly revised estimate of 157,000 in January. The current estimate beat the previous cycle high of 177,000 unfilled positions set last May and… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Continues Its Steady Growth

Private residential construction spending reached the highest rate since November 2007. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for February increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $448 billion, up by 0.9% over January’s revised estimate. Meanwhile the nonresidential construction spending slipped 1.4% after a huge increase in January. Within the private… Read More ›

Property Tax Revenue Grows Nearly Four Percent

NAHB analysis of the Census Bureau’s quarterly tax data shows that $519 billion in taxes were paid by property owners over the four quarters ending in Q3 2015. This represents a $19 billion—or 3.9%—increase over the previous trailing four quarters, the largest annual increase since early 2010. Property taxes accounted for 39.1% the largest share, of state and local tax… Read More ›

NAHB Estimates 55,000 Single-family Tear-down Starts in 2015

Approximately 7.7% of single-family home starts in 2015 were attributable to tear-down related construction, according to the latest estimates from NAHB. Tear-down starts refer to construction of a home on a site where a previous structure was torn down before the new home could begin development. NAHB estimates 55,000 total tear-downs for 2015. Anecdotal evidence suggests that tear-down construction has become a… Read More ›

Pending Sales Strong

The Pending Home Sales Index increased 3.5% in February to the highest level in seven months, and has increased year-over-year for 18 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 to 109.1 in February from a downwardly revised 105.4 in January, and was 0.7%… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP: Fourth Quarter of 2015

With the release of the final estimates of fourth quarter 2015 GDP (a 1.4% annual growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was effectively unchanged at 15.30%. However, the home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – expanded for the fifth consecutive quarter to 3.32% of total GDP. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Starts and Sales Improved in February

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis. As existing home sales weakened due to limited inventory, home building-related activity improved in February, albeit modestly. Builder sentiment, as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index stands at a level of 58 as of March, consistent with a generally positive outlook tempered by concerns regarding… Read More ›