Tag Archive for ‘home prices’

Regulation: 24.3 Percent of the Average New Home Price

A new NAHB study shows that, on average, regulations imposed by government at all levels account for 24.3 percent of the final price of a new single-family home built for sale.  Three-fifths of this—14.6 percent of the final house price—is due to a higher price for a finished lot resulting from regulations imposed during the lot’s development.  The other two-fifths—9.7… Read More ›

Sale and Contract Prices per Square Foot in 2014

For single-family homes started in 2014, median prices, excluding improved lot values, range from $159 per square foot for contractor-built homes in the Pacific and New England divisions to $80 per square foot for speculatively-built homes in the East South Central division. The most expensive new single-family homes in 2014 were contractor-built homes in the Pacific and New England divisions with the… Read More ›

House Price Appreciation Moderates

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released the House Price Index (HPI) data for February, 2015. Figure 1 shows the House Price Index (HPI) data from January 1991 to February 2015. The annual growth rate is also presented in Figure 1. House price appreciation has been volatile but averaged approximately 5% from 1991 to 2003 prior to the housing… Read More ›

Affordability Pyramid Shows Housing Market is Bottom Heavy

With the release of the 2014 Priced Out estimates, NAHB Economics revised its affordability pyramid that translates U.S. household income data into a distribution of homes that households can afford by price range. At the base of the market for housing is a large number of households with relatively modest incomes. The homes that these households can afford are also relatively… Read More ›

Top Metro Areas – Median Income and Home Value

In a recent study, NAHB examines eight key housing statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). This post takes a closer look at two of those statistics; the median household income and median value of owner-occupied housing units. The key to housing affordability is that the market meets the needs of the people who provide services we depend on… Read More ›

Home Prices Continue Positive Trend

The Case-Shiller indexes of home prices increased again when compared to the previous month or the previous year. Both the 10-city and 20-city seasonally-adjusted (SA) indexes rose 1% and 0.9% respectively from May to June 2012. This is the fifth straight month for steady increases in the SA indexes. Since January, the 10-city and 20-city indexes have risen 3.5% and… Read More ›

FHFA Shows Modest Home Price Improvement in November

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released monthly home price indexes for the US and the 9 Census divisions for November. Home prices for the US overall increased by 1.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, while 8 of the 9 Census divisions had increases, ranging from 0.2 to 2.0 percent. Home prices in the Middle Atlantic division declined by… Read More ›