Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Lots in 2015 are Smallest on Record

The median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold in 2015 dropped under 8,600 square feet for the first time since Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) started tracking the series. An acre is 43,560 square feet, so the current median lot size is just under one-fifth of an acre. In 2014, Paul Emrath used a football field… Read More ›

Pending Sales Pause

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 3.7% in May, and fell year-over-year for the first time since August 2014. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased to 110.8 in May from a downwardly revised 115.0 in April, and is 0.2% below the same month a… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP Expands

With the release of the final estimates of first quarter 2016 GDP growth (revised up two-tenths to a 1.1% growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) ticked up slightly to 15.4%.  The home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – as a share of GDP expanded to 3.4%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic… Read More ›

More Builders Report Labor/Subcontractor Shortages

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2016 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors have become more widespread than they were a year ago. The survey consisted of special questions on labor and subcontractor availability that NAHB has periodically added to the instrument for the monthly NAHB/Well Fargo Housing Market Index.  The questions have covered 9… Read More ›

Brexit and U.S. Housing: Possible Impacts

The most important economic news of last week concerned the United Kingdom referendum, which supported a departure of the U.K. from the European Union (Brexit). This political action has caused stock market declines and a fair amount of concern about the health of the global economy. How does housing and home building fit into this set of impacts? I think it… Read More ›

The Impact of Negative Rates on Housing Markets in the Euro Area

According to information compiled by the European Mortgage Federation, the total amount of mortgage debt outstanding across the 19 countries in the Euro Area, those that have adopted the common euro currency, reached €4.46 trillion in 2014, an increase of €30 billion, 0.7%, from its level in 2013, €4.43 trillion. Despite a financial crisis that was global in impact, total… Read More ›

Existing Sales Continue to Impress in May

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 1.8% in May to the highest level since February 2007. The May share of first-time buyers, however, remained mired at 30% in May and for all of 2015. May existing sales are up 4.5% from the same month a year ago. Total existing home sales in May… Read More ›

What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy

According to NAHB’s National Impact of Home Building model, building 1,000 average single-family homes generates 2,975 jobs and $111.0 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government.  Similarly, building 1,000 average rental apartments generates 1,133 jobs and $42.4 million in taxes. The jobs are measured in full-time equivalents (enough work to keep one worker employed full-time for a… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Flat in May

The May pace of single-family housing starts was effectively flat relative to April after downward revisions for prior months, standing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 764,000. However, according to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the May rate marks a 10% gain in the pace of single-family construction on a year-over-year basis. Yesterday’s increase in the NAHB/Wells… Read More ›