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Rates on Construction Loans Back Off Slightly in the First Quarter

After rising throughout most of 2018, with one minor exception, interest rates on loans for residential acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) backed off slightly in the first quarter of 2019, according to results from NAHB’s latest AD&C survey. The NAHB survey showed average first quarter interest rates of 6.56 percent on land acquisition loans, 6.25 percent on loans for land… Read More ›

Just Released: NAHB Remodeling by Zip Code Estimates for 2019

NAHB recently released its latest estimates of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code. The estimates include the number of owner-occupied homes, the number of home owners spending on improvements, the average spending per improvement, and total spending on improvements in each zip code projected to occur over calendar year 2019.  Also provided are 2019 estimates of the… Read More ›

New Home Sales Post Solid Numbers in April

After an upward revision, March and April newly-built single-family homes sales data indicate that lower mortgage rates and price incentives increased the volume of transactions as the spring home buying season stabilized after weakness in late 2018. Contracts for new, single-family home sales declined to a 673,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD… Read More ›

Many Remodelers Are Now Creating ADUs

Despite some recent improvement, household formations have been lagging since the latest downturn.  The accompanying effects have been many—including a lower rate of housing production, a lower rate of replacing older housing units, a consequently aging housing stock, and increased doubling up.  Remodeling is also potentially affected, as the tendency to double up may be accommodated in part by modifying… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size: First Quarter 2019 Data

New single-family home size increased slightly at the start of 2019, as the market slowed. According to first quarter 2019 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area ticked up to 2,355 square feet. Average (mean) square footage for new single-family homes increased to 2,584 square feet. On… Read More ›

California Leads Job Gains in April

Total nonfarm employment, seasonally adjusted (SA) increased by 2.6 million jobs, year-over-year (YoY), or 1.8% from April 2018 to April 2019. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Western region increased by 2.0%. The South, Northeast, and Midwest recorded gains at 1.7%, 1.2% and 1.0% respectively, during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment… Read More ›

Flat Conditions for Custom Home Building

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates custom home building was effectively flat over recent quarters. There were 29,000 total custom starts for the first quarter of 2019. This was down slightly compared to the first quarter of 2018 (31,000). Over the last four quarters, custom housing starts totaled 170,000. This was… Read More ›

Curb-less Showers Now Among the Most Common Aging-In-Place Projects

Last week’s post covered general issues related to Aging-In-Place (such as how many professional remodelers do it, and how many of their customers are receptive to it), using data from NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 4th quarter of 2018.  This post covers some of the more detailed questions from the same survey, including specific types of Aging-in-Place projects undertaken… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction Slows at Start of 2019

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction slowed during the first quarter of 2019 after a strong 2018 performance. Nonetheless, townhouse construction is set for further expansion given the demographics of renters entering the for-sale market, as well as ongoing land constraints and the growth of demand for… Read More ›