Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Reversing Trend, Interest Rates on AD&C Loans Decline in 3rd Quarter

In the third-quarter of 2019, builders and developers reported declining interest rates on all types of loans covered in NAHB’s survey on acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) financing. In the third quarter, the average interest rate declined from 6.59 to 6.39 percent on loans for land acquisition, from 6.49 to 6.39 percent on loans for land development, from 6.21 to… Read More ›

New Home Sales Remain Solid in October

Contracts for new, single-family home sales declined in October by 0.7% to a 733,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The decline came off an upwardly revised September estimate, which was increased from an initial reading of 701,000 to a new estimate of 738,000. Year-over-year, the October estimate is 31.6% higher. Sales continue… Read More ›

Multifamily Built-for-Rent: 93% Market Share

An elevated rental share of multifamily construction is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-Great Recession period. As multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. According to third quarter 2019 data, the average per unit square footage of multifamily housing construction starts was 1,133, off from… Read More ›

Quarterly Gain for Custom Home Building

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates custom home building expanded during the third quarter of 2019. There were 56,000 total custom building starts during the third quarter of 2019, the highest quarterly total since the Great Recession. This marks a 6% gain over the third quarter 2018 total of 53,000. Over… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size Trending Lower

New single-family home size trended lower during the third quarter of 2019 as interest rates remained low. According to third quarter 2019 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area ticked up to 2,264 square feet. Average (mean) square footage for new single-family homes declined to 2,464 square… Read More ›

Single-Family Built-for-Rent Market: 3Q19

The number of single-family homes built-for-rent posted a small decline during third quarter of 2019. This market has received recent attention as a means to add single-family inventory amid concerns over housing affordability and downpayment requirements in the for-sale market. Single-family built-for-rent (SFBFR) construction does differ in structure characteristics compared other single-family homes. According to NAHB’s analysis of data from the… Read More ›

Rebound for Single-Family Starts Continues

According to estimates from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department, single-family starts increased in October, consistent with solid levels for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Thanks to lower mortgage interest rates, the seasonally adjusted annual pace of single-family permits has been rising since April, the rate of single-family starts has been increasing since May, and… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in November

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged one point lower to 70 in November, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The past two months mark the highest sentiment levels in 2019. Single-family builders are currently reporting ongoing positive conditions, spurred in part by low mortgage rates and continued job… Read More ›

Declines in Single-Family Permits Across the Country in September

Over the first nine months of 2019, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 647,244. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 2.6% decline over the September 2018 level of 664,665. Year-to-date ending in September, single-family permits reported declines in all four regions. Midwest reported the steepest decline by 6.4%. The West, Northeast, the South,… Read More ›