Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Year-over-Year Gains for Custom Home Building

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight increase on a year-over year basis as of the second quarter of 2015. Over the last four quarters,… Read More ›

The Majority of Mortgages Go to Households with the Strongest Credit

Aggregate household debt balances were unchanged at $11.85 trillion in the second quarter of 2015 according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Housing-related debt, mortgages and home equity lines of credit fell by a combined $66 billion, $55 billion and $11 billion respectively, while non-housing debt, auto loans, credit cards, student loans and other loans, rose by $68… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction at Seven-Year High

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, single-family attached starts totaled 24,000 for the second quarter of 2015, up 26% from a year prior. Over the last four quarters, townhouse starts totaled 78,000 nationwide. The second quarter pace of townhouse construction is the fastest since the first quarter of 2008. Using a… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size Trends Flat

The typical size of newly built single-family homes was effectively unchanged from the first to second quarter of 2015, posting small quarterly declines. The current data is consistent with the general trend of flat growth for the size of typical newly-built homes, a pattern that took hold during 2014. As first-time buyers return to the market, typical home size is expected to trend somewhat lower. According to second quarter 2015… Read More ›

Builders Continue to Build

July housing starts moved sideways, but the split between single-family and multifamily showed much greater change. Single-family housing starts increased almost 13 percent from June and topped the highest annualized rate since January 2008 when home buyer credits were available. Removing some of the monthly aberrations, the three-month moving average has been steadily increasing since the trough in 2011. Multifamily… Read More ›

How Long Does It Take to Build a Single-Family Home?

The 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7 months, which usually includes around 25 days from authorization to start and another 6 months to finish the construction. The timeline from authorization to completion, however, is not consistent across the nation, depending on the housing category,… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Remain High as Hiring Slows

The count of construction job openings fell somewhat in June, albeit from an upwardly revised estimate for the month of May. Post-revision, the May count of unfilled construction positions was second only to the month of March. The number of unfilled jobs in construction remains high, even as hiring slowed for the residential construction sector in recent months. According to the… Read More ›

New Version of NAHB’s House Price Estimator Now Available

Since 2004, NAHB’s interactive model for estimating the price of a single-family detached home has been available online for those who would like to use it.  The latest version of the house price estimator has just been released, calibrated by NAHB with data from the latest (2013) installment of the American Housing Survey (AHS, funded by HUD and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau)…. Read More ›

Where Was the Custom Home Market Share Highest in 2014?

NAHB’s analysis of the most recent Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) shows that in 2014 custom home building expanded across all regions of the Unites States, except the Mountain division where the custom home share of new single-family starts remained stable under 16 percent, the lowest share in the nation. The New England and East North Central divisions registered… Read More ›