Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Builder Confidence Remains Firm in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a solid 67 reading in August on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builders continue to report strong demand for new housing, fueled by steady job and income growth along with rising household formations. However, they are increasingly focused on growing affordability… Read More ›

Unfilled Construction Sector Jobs Reach Cycle High

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased in June, reaching a post-Great Recession high level. The rate of open construction sector jobs also matched a prior cyclical high. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs increased to 263,000 in June. The prior post-recession high count… Read More ›

West Leads Single-family Residential Permits Growth, Northeast, Midwest Declines

Over the first six months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 444,600. On a year-over-year basis, this is a 6.3% increase over the June 2017 level of 418,128. The preliminary results from the New Residential Construction release are similar, year-to-date single-family permits over the first six months of 2018 was, 444,700 which is 6.6%… Read More ›

Pending Home Sales Follow Uptick in June Inventory

Following the June increase in existing inventory, the Pending Home Sales Index increased 0.9% in May, but remains 2.5 % below the level one year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The PHSI increased to 106.9 in June from 105.9 in May. The… Read More ›

New Home Sales Fall Back in June

Contracts for new, single-family home sales declined in June, falling 5.3% to a 631,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The decline came off a downwardly revised May estimate, which was dropped from an initial read of 689,000 to a new estimate of 666,000. The June estimate was the lowest annual pace since… Read More ›

Residential Construction Down in June

Following two consecutive monthly increases, single-family starts fell by 9.1 percent over the month of June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 858,000, according to a joint release by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, over the quarter, starts of single-family houses was about flat, rising by 1.2 percent to 900,000. This is… Read More ›

Western States Lead Single-family Residential Permits Growth, Northeast Lags

Over the first five months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 363,327. On a year-over-year basis, this is an 8.0% increase over the May 2017 level of 336,410. The results from the SOC are similar, year-to-date single-family permits over the first five months of 2018 was, 363,700 which is 8.6% ahead of its… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP: First Quarter 2018

With the release of the final estimate of first quarter 2018 GDP growth (2% growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) declined slightly to 15.3%. The home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – held steady at 3.5%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the… Read More ›