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New Single-Family Home Size Continues Downward Trend

Continuing a multiyear trend, new single-family home size decreased during the second quarter of 2018. New home size has been falling over the last two years due to an incremental move to additional entry-level home construction. According to second quarter 2018 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area decreased to 2,344 square… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction Surges

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction posted significant gains during the second quarter of 2018. 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 walkable neighborhoods. Over the… Read More ›

Flat Conditions for Housing Starts

Total housing starts posted a slight increase in July as markets face headwinds in the form of rising construction costs and growing affordability concerns. Total housing starts increased 0.9% in July and are 6.2% higher for 2018 on a year-to-date basis, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts was roughly… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Remains Firm in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a solid 67 reading in August on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builders continue to report strong demand for new housing, fueled by steady job and income growth along with rising household formations. However, they are increasingly focused on growing affordability… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Hits 10-Year Low in Second Quarter

Rising home prices and interest rates pushed housing affordability to a 10-year low in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 57.1 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families earning the U.S. median… Read More ›

Unfilled Construction Sector Jobs Reach Cycle High

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased in June, reaching a post-Great Recession high level. The rate of open construction sector jobs also matched a prior cyclical high. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs increased to 263,000 in June. The prior post-recession high count… Read More ›

Share of 2017 New Single-Family Houses in a Homeowners’ Association

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), the share of completed new homes administered by homeowners’ associations varies by region, ranging from 68% in the West to 29% in the Northeast. The Census Bureau defines community or homeowners’ associations as “formal legal entities created to maintain common areas of a development and to enforce private deed restrictions;… Read More ›

Most Buyers Don’t Expect Housing Availability to Get Better Soon

The Housing Trends Report (HTR) is a research product created by NAHB’s Economics team to track prospective home buyers’ perceptions about the availability and affordability of homes for-sale in their markets.  Results are based on national polls conducted by Morning Consult, but are not seasonally adjusted due to the short time horizon of the series, and therefore caution is advised… Read More ›

Pending Home Sales Follow Uptick in June Inventory

Following the June increase in existing inventory, the Pending Home Sales Index increased 0.9% in May, but remains 2.5 % below the level one year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The PHSI increased to 106.9 in June from 105.9 in May. The… Read More ›

Economic Growth Accelerates

In the second quarter of 2018, the nation’s economy grew at a faster pace than in the first quarter. According to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018. It was the strongest quarter of growth since the third… Read More ›