Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Builders Gain Confidence

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for September increased one point to 62, the highest level in 10 years. Two of the three components also increased; the present sales indicator rose one point to 67 and the traffic indicator increased two points to 47. The indicator of future sales declined two points to 68 but from a two-month sustained level… Read More ›

Two-Car Garage Most Common in New Homes

A majority of new homes that started construction in 2014 included two-car garages, according to NAHB analysis of Census Survey of Construction data. For single-family constructions starts in 2014, 61.9% of homes included a two-car garage. Another 23.5% of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three of more cars. Approximately 10% of homes were classified in the “other” category, which… Read More ›

A Look Back: 2013 Apartment Market Absorption

Annual data from HUD’s Survey of Market Absorption of New Multifamily Units provide details concerning the types of apartments completed and the speed of rental absorption after construction. In particular, the current edition of the annual report finds that for units completed during 2013, 12-month absorption rates were 94% or higher across building types. The annual report provides details for units located in properties… Read More ›

US Government: Number of Builders Declined 50% Between 2007 and 2012

Much like it counts people every 10 years, the US government counts American businesses every 5 years.  This is done through the Economic Census, which is conducted by the Census Bureau in years ending in 2 and 7.  Results for the residential construction industry for 2012 were recently released, officially confirming what we already knew:  a significant number of builders… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Steady, Hiring Slowing

The count of construction job openings held steady in July, as hiring in the home building sector slowed. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) remained constant at 137,000 for July. This is somewhat lower than the cycle high of 168,000 set during March…. Read More ›

Consumer Credit Grows In July, But at a Slower Rate than in June

The Federal Reserve Board recently reported that consumer credit outstanding rose by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.7%, $229.2 billion, in July 2015, slower than the 9.5% rate of growth recorded in June. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.453 trillion. The expansion of total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an increase in the outstanding amount of non-revolving consumer credit. Non-revolving consumer… Read More ›

It Takes 22 Subcontractors to Build the Average Home

A previous post discussed how the current shortage of subcontractors in residential construction is becoming more acute.  This is significant, because subcontractors are very important to the construction of the typical home.  Periodically, NAHB has found it worthwhile to remind the public just how important. NAHB addressed the topic most recently in the September 2015 Special Study in Housing Economics. … Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Growth for July Sales

***Eye on the Economy is a biweekly survey of NAHB’s economic and housing analysis from Chief Economist David Crowe. July housing data brought good news for both the newly built and existing home markets. July newly built homes sales, as reported by the Census Bureau and HUD, rose 5.4% from June and 25.8% from July 2014. The increase brings annual new… Read More ›