Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Custom Home Building Steady

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight increase on a year-over year basis as of the second quarter of 2016. There were 47,000 total custom… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size Declining

After increasing and leveling off in recent years, new single-family home size declined during the second quarter of 2016. This change marks a reversal of the trend that had been in place as builders focused on the higher end of the market during the recovery. As the entry-level market expands, including growth for townhouses, typical new home size is expected to… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction Market Expansion

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction starts continued to outpace the rest of the single-family market during the second quarter of 2016. Over the last four quarters ending with the second quarter of 2016, townhouse starts totaled 98,000, a more than 25% gain over prior year total…. Read More ›

Multifamily Strength in July

The July pace of total housing starts increased 2.1% over the June rate, led by strength in the multifamily sector. However, year-to-date measures continue to be consistent with the NAHB forecast of growth for single-family construction this year, as well as a slight dip for apartment development compared to 2015 levels. According to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Rises in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes in August rose two points to 60 from a downwardly revised reading of 58 in July on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder confidence remains solid in the aftermath of weak GDP reports that were offset by positive job growth in July. Historically low mortgage rates,… Read More ›

Job Openings Rise in Construction

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector rose in June after setting a post-Great Recession high in March. However, the rate of jobs being added to the residential construction sector has slowed noticeably over the last few months suggesting ongoing labor access issues. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Grows

The Federal Reserve Board reported that consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.1% over the month of June 2016, 1.9 percentage points slower than its growth rate in May. Over the second quarter of 2016, consumer credit outstanding expanded by 5.3%, 0.5 percentage points less than the 5.8% rate of growth in the first quarter of 2016…. Read More ›

Nation Inches Closer to a Recovery

For the country as a whole, the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today, rose to .97 in the second quarter of 2016, .01 point higher than its upwardly revised level in the first quarter of 2016, .96, and .05 point higher than its level from one year ago, .92. The LMI is now .19 point above its low of… Read More ›

More Banks Tighten Credit Standards on MF Debt

Results from the most recent Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) indicate that lending standards on multifamily residential mortgages continue to show signs of tightening and the pace of tightening is growing. The Federal Reserve Board’s SLOOS asks senior loan officers at large banks their opinion on changes in the standards and terms on, and demand for, bank loans to… Read More ›