Tag Archive for ‘economics’

High End New Homes

In 2015, a total of 1,762 homes were started for sale with a price of $1 million or more according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction. New homes started for sale with a price of $ 1 million or more decreased as a share in absolute number in 2015. That number was significantly lower than in 2013 (3,347 homes) and… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Continue to Rise

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased in September, as residential construction employment continued to grow. 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) grew to 221,000 in September, after establishing a cycle high of 225,000 in July. The July estimate represents the highest monthly count of… Read More ›

Multifamily Construction Spending Hits New Record High

According to estimates from Census Construction Spending data, total private residential construction spending edged up 0.5% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $459.5 billion. Multifamily construction spending continued its record breaking pace and reached $62.1 billion, up by 2.0% over the revised August estimates. Single-family construction spending stood at $236.6 billion, slightly up from the upwardly revised… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Tick Up as LTV Ratio Ticks Down

Interest rates on conventional mortgages ticked up over the month of September 2016 according to data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). However the increase in mortgage rates reflected a rise in the effective rate on previously occupied homes. Rates on new homes fell in September. The FHFA data show that the effective rate on all homes ticked… Read More ›

September Personal Spending and Income Up

Personal consumption expenditures was up by 0.5% in September following a 0.1% dip in August, according to the most recent data release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income edged up by 0.3%, largely driven by an increase in employee compensation. Disposable personal income – income remaining after deducting personal income taxes – continued its steady growth. In September,… Read More ›

Homeownership Rate Edges Up

According to the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the U.S. homeownership rate rose to 63.5% in the third quarter 2016, reversing the downward trend of homeownership rate nationwide. It is 60 basis points higher than the rate in the second quarter 2016, which is largely driven by the increase in the millennial and 65+ homeownership rates. Compared to the… Read More ›

Pending Sales Up

Boosted by increases in the West and South, the Pending Home Sales Index increased 1.5% in September, and climbed 2.4% higher than the same month last year. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased to 110.0 in September from a downwardly revised 108.4 in August…. Read More ›

Composition of New Home Sales Financing Shifts in Third Quarter

NAHB analysis of the most recent Census estimates concerning sources of financing for new home sales reveals that the composition of mortgages by financing method shifted over the third quarter of 2016. The share of new home sales financed with conventional loans expanded at the expense of FHA-insured and VA-backed mortgages. The shift to conventional mortgages indicates continued return to health in the… Read More ›