Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Bedrooms, Kitchens Consume Copious Space in New Homes

In the average new home, 28.0 percent of the finished floor space is allocated to bedrooms and 11.2 percent to the kitchen area, according to a recent NAHB study.  The study is based on special questions appended to the November 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.  The questions covered 13 specific types of areas or rooms, plus… Read More ›

New Home Sales Post February Gain

Contracts for new, single-family home sales increased almost 5% to a 667,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. This gain came despite an upward revision for the January data. However, the previously reported December data was revised down significantly to a 588,000 rate. The months’ supply number improved to 6.1, which indicates the… Read More ›

Florida Leads Job Gains in February

Total nonfarm employment, seasonally adjusted (SA) increased by 2.5 million jobs, year-over-year (YoY), or 1.7% from February 2018 to February 2019. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Western and Southern regions increased by 1.7%. The Midwest and the Northeast recorded the lowest gains at 0.7% and 0.8% respectively, during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,… Read More ›

Fed Adopts A More Dovish Stance

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed’s monetary policymaking body, held the federal funds rate steady at a top rate of 2.5% at the conclusion of its March meeting. This was no surprise for financial markets, as this approach had been telegraphed by the Fed in January. However, the Fed communicated two other elements that indicate that the central… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Holds Steady in March

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes held steady at 62 in March, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builders report the market is stabilizing following the slowdown at the end of 2018, and they anticipate a solid spring home buying season. In a healthy sign for the housing market,… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Hold Steady In January

After significant data revisions for 2018, new data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings remained near a cycle high as of January, an indication that the skilled labor shortage continues into 2019. The open position rate (job openings as a percentage of total employment plus current job openings) held steady at 3.9%. The… Read More ›

New Home Sales Distribution Highlights Affordability Opportunity

Upward revisions to December and November data resulted in a 6.9% decline for new single-family homes sales in January, according to data from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The seasonally adjusted annualized January pace of 607,000 was 4.1% lower than January of 2018; however, combined with lower mortgage interest rates, the first monthly rate for 2019 establishes a solid… Read More ›

Built-for-Rent Construction Dominates Apartment Development

An elevated rental share of multifamily construction is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-Great Recession period. As multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. According to fourth quarter 2018 data, the average per unit square footage of multifamily housing construction starts was 1,136, off from the… Read More ›