Tag Archive for ‘home building’

More Builders Report Labor/Subcontractor Shortages

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2016 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors have become more widespread than they were a year ago. The survey consisted of special questions on labor and subcontractor availability that NAHB has periodically added to the instrument for the monthly NAHB/Well Fargo Housing Market Index.  The questions have covered 9… Read More ›

Brexit and U.S. Housing: Possible Impacts

The most important economic news of last week concerned the United Kingdom referendum, which supported a departure of the U.K. from the European Union (Brexit). This political action has caused stock market declines and a fair amount of concern about the health of the global economy. How does housing and home building fit into this set of impacts? I think it… Read More ›

The Impact of Negative Rates on Housing Markets in the Euro Area

According to information compiled by the European Mortgage Federation, the total amount of mortgage debt outstanding across the 19 countries in the Euro Area, those that have adopted the common euro currency, reached €4.46 trillion in 2014, an increase of €30 billion, 0.7%, from its level in 2013, €4.43 trillion. Despite a financial crisis that was global in impact, total… Read More ›

Existing Sales Continue to Impress in May

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 1.8% in May to the highest level since February 2007. The May share of first-time buyers, however, remained mired at 30% in May and for all of 2015. May existing sales are up 4.5% from the same month a year ago. Total existing home sales in May… Read More ›

What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy

According to NAHB’s National Impact of Home Building model, building 1,000 average single-family homes generates 2,975 jobs and $111.0 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government.  Similarly, building 1,000 average rental apartments generates 1,133 jobs and $42.4 million in taxes. The jobs are measured in full-time equivalents (enough work to keep one worker employed full-time for a… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Flat in May

The May pace of single-family housing starts was effectively flat relative to April after downward revisions for prior months, standing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 764,000. However, according to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the May rate marks a 10% gain in the pace of single-family construction on a year-over-year basis. Yesterday’s increase in the NAHB/Wells… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Rises in June

After holding steady for the past four months, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes rose two points in June to a level of 60 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This marks the highest reading since January 2016. Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Labor Market Data Pauses the Fed

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis. A surprisingly weak labor market report clearly influenced the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates steady this week. The Fed noted that jobs gains have slowed and business investment has been soft. Housing, however, remains a bright spot as the economy picks up speed entering the… Read More ›

Increase in Energy Prices Drives Producer Price Index Higher

Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) rose 0.4 percent in May according to the latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The increase—double that of the 0.2 rise in April—was 60-percent driven by the prices of goods, which climbed 0.7 percent.  The final demand index for services increased by a more modest… Read More ›

Independent Mortgage Companies Account for Most Home Purchase Mortgage Lending

In recent years, housing analysts have reported on the expansion in mortgage lending activity by nonbank financial institutions. Given recent activity, regulatory officials have expressed their interest in the lending activities at nonbank financial institutions. Nonbank consumer lenders can include pools such as hedge funds and they also include specialty finance companies such as auto finance companies. Another nonbank lending… Read More ›