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Builder Confidence Posts Solid Gain in May

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose three points to 66 in May, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder sentiment is at its highest level since October 2018 after declines in late 2018 due to higher interest rates and concerns over slower growth. Builders are catching up after… Read More ›

Remodeling to Age-In-Place Remains Strong, Still Mostly for Older Home Owners

According to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 4th quarter of 2018, over three-fourths of professional remodelers undertake projects designed to allow home owners to Age-in-Place.  Their customers are generally familiar with the Aging-in-Place concept, and at least somewhat receptive to it.  However, in practice remodelers continue to perform Aging-in-Place work mostly for customers age 55 or older,… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Rise in March

Data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings increased in March, consistent with the ongoing challenge of the availability of labor for builders. The estimated number of job openings in the construction sector increased to 360,000, a post-Great Recession high. Moreover, this marks a significant gain over the 234,000 openings estimated in March… Read More ›

West Leads GDP Growth In 2018

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 49 states and the District of Columbia and declined in Alaska in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2017, 47 states and the District of Columbia recorded growth in GDP while three states (Kansas, Louisiana, and Connecticut) recorded a decline in GDP. As a result, nationwide growth… Read More ›

Federal Reserve: Patience Continues

At the conclusion of its May meeting, the Federal Reserve held the key, short-term federal funds rate steady, with a top rate of 2.5%. The decision was unanimous and widely expected, with members of the Federal Open Market Committee agreeing that while economic growth conditions remain “solid,” inflation pressures remain anchored. In fact, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the core… Read More ›

For Remodelers, Shortages of Skilled Labor Remain Elevated

In response to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2018, roughly 85 percent of remodelers reported shortages of workers available to perform finished or rough carpentry, and nearly half (48 percent) classified the shortage of finished carpenters as serious.  Although these percentages are down slightly from a year earlier, they remain seriously elevated. The RMI… Read More ›

US Economic Growth Surprises to Upside in First Quarter

According to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, faster than the 2.2% increase in the fourth quarter of 2018 and above NAHB’s forecast. It is the 20th consecutive quarter of growth. Since the first quarter of 2017,… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Reducing Housing Share of GDP

With the release of the first estimate of first quarter 2019 GDP growth (3.2% growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) continued a downward trend, more evidence of the the lack of housing supply caused and affected by ongoing housing affordability issues. Housing’s share of GDP fell to 14.7%. The home building and remodeling component – residential fixed… Read More ›

Washington Leads Job Gains in March

Total nonfarm employment, seasonally adjusted (SA) increased by 2.5 million jobs, year-over-year (YoY), or 1.7% from March 2018 to March 2019. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the West region increased by 1.7%. The South, Northeast, and Midwest recorded gains at 1.6%, 0.9% and 0.6% respectively, during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment… Read More ›

New Home Sales Rise in March with Lower Rates

Contracts for new, single-family home sales increased almost 5% on a monthly basis to a 692,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The months’ supply number improved to 6.0, which indicates the market is stabilizing after the fall off in sales last Fall due to higher interest rates. The… Read More ›