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Housing Share of the Economy at 15.3%

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the final quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.3%, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the measure of the home building and… Read More ›

GDP Growth in the First Quarter – Second Estimate

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) second estimate of real GDP growth for the first quarter of 2013 is 2.4%, revised down from 2.5% in the advance estimate. Stronger personal consumption expenditures (PCE) and less drag from weaker imports were offset by weaker growth in inventory investment, exports and state and local government spending than in the initial estimates. Real… Read More ›

Housing is Contributing to Economic Growth

Over the last two years, home building has experienced significant growth, albeit off of low levels. And this expansion has added to overall growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, since the last quarter of 2011, advances in home building have been responsible for 20% of total economic expansion. While the economy as a whole has slowed somewhat over the last year,… Read More ›

GDP Growth in the First Quarter – Better and Sadly Maybe the Best

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) advance estimate of real GDP growth for the first quarter of 2013 is 2.5%, somewhat bouncing back from the 0.4% growth last quarter. The largest contributions to growth came from accelerating personal consumption expenditures and inventory investment. Growth was restrained by continuing declines in the government sector and a surge in imports that outpaced… Read More ›