Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Core Inflation Slows in April

Following a decline in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices rose by 0.2 percent over the month of April, largely reflecting energy and food prices as well as shelter prices. Excluding energy and food prices, “core” inflation decelerated from 0.2 percent to 0.1 percent as shelter prices, which represent the largest share of the consumer price… Read More ›

Count of Unfilled Construction Jobs Near Cycle High

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased in March and approached the post-Great Recession high level. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs increased to 248,000 in March. The post-recession high count of open, unfilled construction jobs was 255,000 in July of last… Read More ›

For Remodelers, Labor Shortages Resume Aggravating Trend

Ninety-one percent of remodelers reported shortages of labor available to perform finished or rough carpentry work, and over 40 percent said these shortages were serious, in response to special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2017. The RMI survey asked remodelers about availability of labor in 15 specific occupations that were either specifically recommended by Home Builders… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Climb in April

According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), mortgage rates continue to rise and this is confirmed by data from Freddie Mac. The short end of the yield curve, which is most sensitive to monetary policy, has been the primary force behind the increase in mortgage rates. In recent years, short-term rates have put upward pressure on mortgage rates while… Read More ›

Fed Keeps Rate Steady: Higher Rates Expected

As was widely expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”), the monetary policy making body of the Federal Reserve, maintained the federal funds rate at a range of 1.50 to 1.75 percent following its meeting that convened on May 1-2, a rate it deems “accommodative”. Going forward, the FOMC expects that, with further gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary… Read More ›

Remodeling in 2017: Baths Reclaim Top Spot from Kitchens

May is National Home Remodeling Month.  Following the tradition established in recent years, the month’s first related post covers the most common types of remodeling projects performed by NAHB Remodelers during the previous calendar year.  Results come from a special question on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2018. The results show kitchen and bathroom remodeling… Read More ›

Pending Home Sales Increase Slightly in March

Pending home sales increased slightly in March, but the lack of choice among prospective buyers continues to impede the number of new contracts. The Pending Home Sales Index increased 0.4% in March, but remains 3.0% below the level a year ago, and the PHSI declined on an annualized basis for the third straight month. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)… Read More ›

New Home Sales Rise But With Underlying Variation

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new homes rose by 4.0 percent over the month of March to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000. Year-to-date, covering the first quarter of 2018, the total number of new homes sold is 10.3 percent ahead of its pace over the first… Read More ›

Existing Sales Rise 1.1 Percent in March

Existing-home sales increased 1.1% in March, but remain down 1.2% from a year ago. The first-time buyer share of 30% is also down from 32% a year ago. The National Association of Realtors reported that 50% of homes sold last month were on the market less than a month. The March inventory increased 5.7%, but remains 7.2% below the level… Read More ›

Small Gain for Housing Starts in March

Total housing starts increased slightly in March, led by multifamily construction strength. Starts increased 1.9% to a 1.32 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. However, the pace of single-family starts declined in March, falling 3.7% to an 867,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, due to lingering weather effects in some parts… Read More ›