Tag Archive for ‘home building’

First-Time Buyers Step Up

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 3.2% in September and were up 0.6% from the same month a year ago, as first-time buyers seized a 34% share of sales. Total existing home sales in September increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.47 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops,… Read More ›

September Housing Starts Decline on Multifamily Weakness

The September pace of total housing starts decreased 9% due a substantial decline in multifamily production. Single-family construction continues, as expected, along a positive trend. According to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, single-family starts increased 8.1% to a 783,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate in September. Year-to-date, single-family housing starts are running almost 10% higher… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Remains Solid in October

Builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes remained on firm ground in October, declining two points to a level of 63 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Despite the decline, the HMI now stands at its second-highest level in 2016, a sign that the housing recovery continues to make solid progress. However,… Read More ›

Data Imply Most Homes Last More than a Century

Of the 132.42 million homes that existed in the U.S. in 2011, 98.8 percent (130.85 million) were still there two years later, according to a report published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2016. The report is called Components of Inventory Change: 2011-2013, and is based on the American Housing Survey (AHS).  The AHS, funded by HUD and conducted in… Read More ›

Fed Report Shows Strong Consumer Credit Growth

Consumer credit outstanding expanded by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 8.5% over the month of August 2016, 2.6 percentage points faster than its growth rate in July, 5.9%. According to the report, released by the Federal Reserve Board, there is now $3.69 trillion in outstanding consumer credit. Growth in revolving credit, which is largely composed of credit card debt, contributed to… Read More ›

New Homes with a Community Association

NAHB tabulations of data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) show 59 percent of new homes started in 2015 were built within a community with a homeowner’s or community association. The Census Bureau defines a community or homeowner’s association as “formal legal entities created to maintain common areas of a development and to enforce private deed restrictions; these… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Decline in August

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector fell in August, as residential construction employment hiring accelerated in August and September. 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) fell to 184,000 in August, after establishing a cycle high of 225,000 in July (post-data revisions). The July estimate represents… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP: Housing Services Offsets Slight RFI Decline

With the release of the final estimates of second quarter 2016 GDP growth (revised up three-tenths to a 1.4% growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) held steady at 15.7%. The home building and remodeling component—residential fixed investment—as a share of GDP declined slightly to 3.5%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is… Read More ›

Pending Sales Decline

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 2.4% in August, declining for the third time in four months, and falling 0.2% below its level for the same month a year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased to 108.5 in August from a downwardly revised… Read More ›