Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Home Building Continues Historic Climb

Single-family starts experienced continued gains in September, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. Contrasting the different subsectors of housing, while single-family permits are showing continued strength, multifamily permits continue to weaken as a consequence of the 2020 virus crisis. The pace of single-family starts in September was the highest production… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Continues Record Climb

In a further show of strength for the housing sector, builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased two points to 85 in October, further surpassing the previous all-time high of 83 recorded in September, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). These are the first two months the index has ever been above 80…. Read More ›

Lot Values Down in 2019

According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, median single-family lot prices came down in 2019, breaking their relentless climb for the first time since 2013. The 2019 median lot price was $45,000, which amounts to a 9% decline since 2018, when half of the lots were selling at or above $49,500. The West divisions… Read More ›

Robust Gains for August Single-Family Permits

Over the first eight months of 2020, total single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 616,856. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is an 6.9% increase over the August 2019 level of 576,798. Year-to-date ending in August, single-family permits across the four regions ranged from an increase of 9.8% in the South to a decline of 1.8% in the Northeast…. Read More ›

Over 90% of East South Central New Homes Have Porches

Of the single-family homes started in 2019, 64.7 percent came with porches, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau with partial funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development). Historically, the SOC shows the share of single-family homes with porches increasing regularly to a high of 65.7 percent in 2011 before dropping to under… Read More ›

Home Building: Sales Outpacing Starts by a Historic Margin

After a sharp decline in the spring, home building has staged a dramatic rebound. In fact, supported by low mortgage rates, an evolving geography of housing preferences, and favorable demographic tailwinds, housing demand has improved so quickly that the current difference between the pace of newly-built single-family home sales and for-sale single-family construction starts has reached a historic level. The… Read More ›

Modular and Other Non-Site Built Housing In 2019

The total market share of non-site built single-family homes (modular and panelized) declined to 3% of single-family completions in 2019, according to Census Bureau Survey of Construction data and NAHB analysis. This share is expected to rise moderately in 2020 and in the years ahead, due to the ongoing labor shortage in the residential construction sector and the need to lift labor… Read More ›

Construction Labor Market Adjustment Continues

The shock and fallout to the construction labor market from the recession of 2020 continued in early Fall as housing activity strengthened due to low interest rates. After an accelerated pace of layoffs in March and April, construction hiring roared back in May and June, per data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).  More recent July… Read More ›

Lot Size Hits New Record Low in 2019

For the first time since the Census Bureau started tracking lot sizes for new single-family detached homes, the median lot size for homes sold in 2019 dropped to 8,177 square feet, or 0.188 of an acre. This represents a solid drop of 390 square feet since 2018 and a new record low. The shrinking median lot size largely reflects the… Read More ›

New Home Sales at Highest Pace Since September 2006

New single-family home sales surged in August, as housing demand was supported by low interest rates, a renewed consumer focus on the importance of housing, and rising demand in lower-density markets like suburbs and exurbs. Census and HUD estimated new home sales in August at a 1.01 million seasonally adjusted annual pace, an approximate 4.8% gain over revised July rate… Read More ›