Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Eye on the Economy: Builders Remain Cautiously Confident

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis. April’s home construction data and May’s builder confidence reading tell a similar story with respect to home building at the start of the second quarter. Housing demand is promising, particularly given constrained conditions for existing home inventory. But while home building continues to grow, the industry is… Read More ›

Increase for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

The total number of single-family homes built-for-rent has shown signs of growth over the past year. However, the built-for-rent market is a small portion of the total single-family development, so care must be taken when identifying trends. According to data from the Census Bureau’s Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, the market share of single-family homes built-for-rent, as measured… Read More ›

Prices of Building Materials Increases in April, Like Most Goods

Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) rose 0.2% in April according to the latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The gains were broad-based as the prices for goods and services which posted increases of 0.2% and 0.1%, respectively. Prices for goods advanced 0.2% as declines in prices for trade, transportation,… Read More ›

Slight 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 first quarter of 2016. There were 31,000 total custom… Read More ›

Flat Trends Continue for New Single-Family Home Size

Size trends of typical newly built single-family homes posted a small decline from the end of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. The current data is consistent with an end of the shift to the high-end of the housing market, a pattern that took hold during 2014. As builders develop more homes for entry-level buyers, typical home size is expected to trend lower. According to first quarter 2016 data from… Read More ›

April Starts Consistent with Builder Confidence Reading

Single-family housing starts were up 3.3% for the month of April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 778,000, according to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This marks a 4.3% gain in the pace of single-family construction on a year-over-year basis and is consistent with recent flat readings of the NAHB/Wells Fargo… Read More ›

The Song Remains the Same: Builder Confidence Flat

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged in May at a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The May reading marked the fourth straight month of the HMI standing at an index value of 58. While the HMI remains in positive territory, soft economic data for the start… Read More ›

Serious Delinquency Rates Continue to Fall

In its quarterly National Delinquency Survey, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 3.29% of 1-4 family mortgages were seriously delinquent in the first quarter of 2016. Measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, the rate of serious delinquency, which includes both mortgages that are 90 or more days past due and mortgages in foreclosure, was 0.95 percentage point less than… Read More ›

Number of Unfilled Construction Sector Jobs Keeps Rising

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector reached another post-Great Recession high in March. 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 210,000 in March. The current estimate represents the highest monthly count of job openings since May 2007. The open position rate (job openings as a percent… Read More ›