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Top 2011 Posts: The Importance of Independent Contractors for Construction

With the end of 2011 approaching, the contributors of NAHB’s Eye on Housing thought it would be useful to take a look at the updates that attracted the most readers over the last year. In June we examined data concerning the construction sector labor market. Comparing these numbers to those associated with the economy as a whole highlights the importance of independent contract status for… Read More ›

Property Tax Receipts Stabilize in the Third Quarter of 2011

Property taxes are an important source of revenue for state and local governments to pay for government services, particularly education. When factoring in revisions, Census data of state and local government tax collections for the third quarter of 2011 indicate a small increase from the previous quarter to $467 billion on an annualized basis. Nonetheless, total property tax collections from the fourth quarter of 2010 through the third quarter of 2011 were… Read More ›

Multifamily Shows Continued Strength

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments for November surged 32 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 230,000. While growth in this sector is typically more volatile than the single family sector, the trend is clearly upward, with production more than doubling since the trough in late 2009, and recovering to… Read More ›

Single-Family and Multifamily Starts: Long-Run Trends

Growth in multifamily construction is leading the recent increase in housing starts. And with many analysts focusing on multifamily development, we thought it would be useful to consider the long-run relationship between single-family and multifamily housing starts. Over the last 40 years, a discernible trend has emerged with respect to the ratio of single-family to multifamily housing starts. Overall, both types of starts have been subject… Read More ›