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Non-Revolving Credit Drives Consumer Credit Growth

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6%, $186.2 billion, in February 2015. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.343 trillion. The expansion of total consumer credit outstanding reflected an increase in the outstanding amount of non-revolving consumer credit. Non-revolving consumer credit includes auto loans and student loans. According to the report,… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Weak Employment Gains in March

The March employment report disappointed most economists, casting some doubt on the strength of the labor market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that payroll employment expanded by only 126,000 positions, with downward revisions totaling 69,000 for previously reported jobs gains in January and February. While the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%, the downshift in the size of monthly… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Grow

The number of open, unfilled construction sector positions increased noticeably in February. Overall, the construction labor market has been characterized by relatively higher levels of turnover over the last few months, with an increase in hiring and quits at the end of 2014 and an upward trend in job openings. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis,… Read More ›

NAHB Updates Local Impact of Home Building Numbers

A recent Eye on Housing post reported on NAHB’s 800th customized local impact study. In addition to studies customized to a particular area, NAHB has traditionally produced a “typical local” report using national average inputs.  This report—showing the jobs, income and taxes generated by residential construction in a typical local area—is available free to everyone on NAHB’s web site. In April 2015, NAHB… Read More ›

House Prices Record Annual Gains, Expected to Rise in the Future

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index – Purchase Only, rose by 5.1% on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in January 2015. This marks the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. Over this nearly three-year period, house prices have risen by 20.1%.   Similarly, the recent release from Standard and Poor’s (S&P)… Read More ›

Annual Gains for Residential Construction Spending Continue

NAHB analysis of Census construction spending data finds that over the last year, the pace of private single-family construction spending increased 9.7% and multifamily construction spending increased 31.5%. For the month of February, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of single-family construction spending was $203.9 billion, down 1.4% from January. The February rate of multifamily construction spending was $50.9 billion, 4.1% higher than January. The construction… Read More ›

Strong First Quarter for Consumer Confidence

The University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment reached a ten-year peak of 95.5 in the first quarter of 2015. Although the Index of Consumer Sentiment Index decreased to 93.0 in March from 95.4 in February, it was up from 80.0 from March 2014. The harsh winter dampened the giddiness of falling gasoline prices from the start of the year…. Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP Holds Constant

With the release of the final estimates of fourth quarter GDP growth (2.2%), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.25%, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.09 percentage points of that total. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the measure of the home building and… Read More ›

Pending Sales Strong: First-Time Buyers Join In?

The Pending Home Sales Index increased 3.1% in February, and was up 12.0% from the same period a year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased to 106.9 in February, up from a downwardly revised 103.7 in January. The PHSI increased year-over-year for the… Read More ›

Property Taxes Make Up 40% of State and Local Tax Revenues

According to NAHB tabulations of the Census Bureau’s quarterly data, property taxes constituted 39.7% of state and local tax receipts among major sources for 2014. Sales taxes had the second largest share at 27.8%, followed closely by individual income tax at 27.9%. At 4.6%, corporate income taxes held the smallest share of state and local tax receipts among major sources. Further gains are expected in… Read More ›