Tag Archive for ‘home building’

First Time Buyers Arrive

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 1.1% in June to the highest level since February 2007, as first-time buyers grabbed a 33% share, the best performance in four years. June existing sales are up 3.0% from the same month a year ago. Total existing home sales in June increased to a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›

Construction Gains in June

The June pace of single-family housing starts increased over a downwardly revised May reading, standing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 778,000 according to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The June rate marks a 13% gain in the pace of single-family construction on a year-over-year basis. Multifamily starts were up slightly in June, rising to 411,000 starts. However,… Read More ›

Lot Values at Record High

Single-family lot prices set a new record in 2015, with half of the lots priced at or above $45,000. According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, this is the highest median lot value on record and exceeds the previous record of $43,000 reached in 2006, in the midst of the housing boom when twice… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in July fell one point to 59 from a June reading of 60 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). For the past six months, builder confidence has remained in a relatively narrow positive range that is consistent with the ongoing gradual housing recovery. However,… Read More ›

Slight Decline for Construction Job Openings as Hiring Slows

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector declined, but remained elevated, in May after setting a post-Great Recession high in March. Simultaneously, the rate of jobs being added to the residential construction sector has slowed noticeably over the last three months. 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 Outstanding Partly Fueled by Strengthening Demand

Consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.2%, $222.7 billion, in the month of May 2016, 1.7 percentage points faster than the 4.5% rate of growth recorded in April. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.624 trillion. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit report, the increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion in the… Read More ›

Lots in 2015 are Smallest on Record

The median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold in 2015 dropped under 8,600 square feet for the first time since Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) started tracking the series. An acre is 43,560 square feet, so the current median lot size is just under one-fifth of an acre. In 2014, Paul Emrath used a football field… Read More ›

Pending Sales Pause

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 3.7% in May, and fell year-over-year for the first time since August 2014. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased to 110.8 in May from a downwardly revised 115.0 in April, and is 0.2% below the same month a… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP Expands

With the release of the final estimates of first quarter 2016 GDP growth (revised up two-tenths to a 1.1% growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) ticked up slightly to 15.4%.  The home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – as a share of GDP expanded to 3.4%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic… Read More ›