Tag Archive for ‘home buidling’

A Broader Perspective on Commuting to Work

A recent Census release discussed changes in bicycling and walking to work since 2000. There’s clearly interest in this topic, as local governments have actively promoted walking and bicycling, sometimes as explicit criteria for new development. A broader perspective may also be useful, so this post considers additional ways of getting to work, including the ones used most often. Like… Read More ›

Remodeling by Zip Code: NAHB Releases 2014 Projections

NAHB just released new estimates of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code.  The estimates are based on a model relating improvement spending to five key variables (number of homes in the area, the share built in the ’60s, share built in the ’70s, owners’ average income and level of education), projected to calendar year 2014.  As before,… Read More ›

Pending Home Sales Down but Stable

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts, fell a slight 0.6% in October from an upwardly revised 102.7 in September. The October 2013 PHSI reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) was 1.6% lower than the same period a year ago. The October PHSI increased 2.8% in the Northeast and 1.2% in the… Read More ›

Rates Decline Slightly on Loans to Buy New Homes

Reversing a two-month trend, interest rates on loans for new homes declined slightly in May, according to data released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency  (FHFA).  The average contract rate on conventional loans for newly built homes dipped 11 basis points to 3.41 percent, the lowest it’s been since February.  Although initial fees and charges on the loans increased from… Read More ›