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Multifamily Built-for-Rent Share Remains Elevated

The market share of rental multifamily construction starts ticked back up to an elevated level of 95% in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to NAHB analysis of Census data. In contrast, the historical low share of 47% was set during the third quarter of 2005, during the condo building boom. The average share of 80% was recorded during the 1980-2002… Read More ›

Existing Sales Fall 3.2 Percent in January

Existing-home sales decreased 3.2% in January, and the first-time buyer share slipped to 29% from 32% last month. The National Association of Realtors reported that 43% of homes sold last month were on the market less than a month. The January inventory actually increased 4.1%, but is 9.5% below the level a year ago, and has decreased for 32 consecutive… Read More ›

Small Gains for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

The number of single-family homes built-for-rent increased during 2017. Over the year, construction starts of this type of housing totalled 36,000 homes, compared to 34,000 for 2016. There were 11,000 starts during the final quarter of 2017. 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… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction Expands

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction starts continue to post gains. Over the course of 2017, townhouse starts totaled 104,000, 7% higher than 2016. Townhouses, or single-family attached housing, accounted for 29,000 starts during the fourth quarter of 2017, 21% higher than the total during the fourth… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Stays at Strong Level in February

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a healthy level of 72 in February on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Demand conditions are positive, but supply-side construction hurdles need to be managed, as scarce labor and building material price increases remain top concerns. In particular, the HMI gauge of… Read More ›

Inflation Steady with Growth in January

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a measure of inflation, its Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumer (CPI), rose by 2.1 percent over the past 12 months, similar to the 12-month rate of growth recorded in December. Meanwhile, core inflation, which excludes the more volatile energy and food prices, rose by 1.8 percent, also matching its growth rate in… Read More ›

Employment Rose in Most States in December 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and the District of Columbia, unchanged in two states, and decreased in 15 states in December 2017 compared to November 2017. Year-over-year, 49 states increased employment while two states lost payroll employment during this time. As a result payroll employment nationwide rose in December. The largest… Read More ›

Households Age 55+: Worth $62 Trillion

Households age 55 or older earn about half of all household income in the U.S., but hold over two-thirds of the residential equity and other household wealth, according to the most recent (2016) Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). The SCF is conducted every three years by the Federal Reserve and serves as one of the few federal sources of information… Read More ›