Tag Archive for ‘home building’

New Home Prices by Metro Area and State

In response to frequent requests from its members, NAHB Economics recently released its estimates of new single-family home prices by state and metro area. The most expensive new single family homes are built and sold in three Northeastern states: Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York – with their respective median new single-family home prices of $491,425, $432,724 and $411,169. District of… Read More ›

Builders See Shortages of Labor and—Especially—Subcontractors

Data from a June 2014 NAHB survey show that shortages of labor and subcontractors have become substantially more widespread since 2013.   Shortages are particularly acute for workers with basic skills like carpentry, who are needed in significant numbers during the construction of any home. The incidence of reported shortages is also surprisingly high relative to the current state of new home construction, which… Read More ›

Costs to Incorporate Green Features

The cost to make a home green (energy efficiency, water and indoor quality, etc) is higher than the cost of construction of other homes, and this differential may persist as more builders enter the green market. However, builder experience with green technique reduces cost as engagement in the market increases. McGraw Hill Construction’s (MHC) data and analytics team surveyed a… Read More ›

Green Building Features

A focus on energy efficiency is the most important development and design strategy that is making new housing greener according to a recent industry survey. McGraw Hill Construction’s (MHC) data and analytics team surveyed a set of NAHB single-family and multifamily members in 2013. The survey found that 62% of single-family builders and 54% of multifamily developers are doing more than… Read More ›

Housing Kicks into Gear

Pending home sales in May posted the largest monthly increase since the expiration of the first-time home buyer tax credit in April 2010. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 6.1% in May to 103.9 from an upwardly revised April level of 97.9. It is… Read More ›

Contract Rate on New Home Loans Dips Under 4 Percent

On average, mortgage interest rates declined in May, according to data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  On conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, the average contract interest rate dropped by more than 30 basis points, from 4.19 to 3.88 percent.  This is the lowest the new home loan rate has been in a year… Read More ›

State and Local Tax Receipts Continue to Improve

Property taxes are the largest single source of state and local tax receipts, according to NAHB tabulations of the Census Bureau’s quarterly tax data. At 40.3%, property taxes represent a significantly larger share than the next largest sources: individual income taxes (28.1%) and sales taxes (27.2%). From the second quarter of 2013 through the end of the first quarter of… Read More ›

New Home Sales Jump in May

New single-family home sales reached the highest pace in six years in May. According to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 in May, a gain of 18.6% over a slightly downwardly revised April (425,000). The May 2014 rate of sales is… Read More ›

Existing Sales Rebound

Existing home sales rebounded from the winter quarter with the highest monthly increase in almost three years, boosting prospects for homebuilders. Existing home sales increased 4.9% in May, although that rally still left existing sales 5.0% below the same period a year ago. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported May 2014 total existing home sales at a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›