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Increase for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

Single-family homes built-for-rent increased to approximately 8,000 starts for the second quarter of 2015, compared to about 6,000 for the same period of 2014. The share and count of built-for-rent starts are off post-recession highs and will likely approach historical norms as the housing market continues to expand. However, given the relatively small size of this market, care must be taken when tracing changes in the… Read More ›

Serious Delinquency Rates Continue Their Descent

According to a report by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association the delinquency rate for mortgage loans on 1-4 unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.30% of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2015, 24 basis points less than its level in the first quarter of 2015 and 74 basis points below its level one… Read More ›

New Multifamily Unit Size Dips

An elevated market share for rental multifamily homes is holding typical new apartment size below levels seen during the housing boom. However, as multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. The recent pattern of change in the size of new multifamily units stands in contrast to the post-recession increase in the size of… Read More ›

Existing Sales Grow – Except for First-Time Buyers

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, increased for the third consecutive month in July, and remained at the highest level since February 2007; but the first-time buyer share fell for the second consecutive month to the lowest level since January. Total existing home sales increased by 2.0% in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of… Read More ›

Year-over-Year Gains for Custom Home Building

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight increase on a year-over year basis as of the second quarter of 2015. Over the last four quarters,… Read More ›

Slow Rise in Consumer Prices in July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported consumer prices increased in July. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6%, slower than 3.9% in June. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6% in July. Energy prices were stabilized and rose at a… Read More ›

The Majority of Mortgages Go to Households with the Strongest Credit

Aggregate household debt balances were unchanged at $11.85 trillion in the second quarter of 2015 according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Housing-related debt, mortgages and home equity lines of credit fell by a combined $66 billion, $55 billion and $11 billion respectively, while non-housing debt, auto loans, credit cards, student loans and other loans, rose by $68… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction at Seven-Year High

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, single-family attached starts totaled 24,000 for the second quarter of 2015, up 26% from a year prior. Over the last four quarters, townhouse starts totaled 78,000 nationwide. The second quarter pace of townhouse construction is the fastest since the first quarter of 2008. Using a… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size Trends Flat

The typical size of newly built single-family homes was effectively unchanged from the first to second quarter of 2015, posting small quarterly declines. The current data is consistent with the general trend of flat growth for the size of typical newly-built homes, a pattern that took hold during 2014. As first-time buyers return to the market, typical home size is expected to trend somewhat lower. According to second quarter 2015… Read More ›