Tag Archive for ‘housing economics’

The Number of Hispanic Construction Business Owners Rises in Every Age Group

The number of business owners in the construction industry (firms involved in the construction of buildings, heavy/civil engineering construction, or specialty trade contractors) declined 8% from 2.3 million in 2007 to 2.1 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners (collected in years ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’). An earlier post reported that the number… Read More ›

Construction Trades: A Step on the Path Toward Higher Paying Jobs

A recent NAHB study identifies eight senior positions at home building companies that are often to nearly always filled by someone with experience in one or more of the construction trades.  Average annual compensation (salary and bonus combined) for each of the eight positions is at least $80,000—at least $100,000, if the position is Head/Director or above of one of… Read More ›

Los Angeles Takes Top Spot as Nation’s Least Affordable Housing Market

San Francisco, which has been the nation’s least affordable major housing market for nearly five years, was supplanted by Los Angeles in the third quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Nationwide, 58.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Inches Lower in Second Quarter

Rising home prices offset a quarter-point drop in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the second quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  In all, 59.4 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Slips Two Points in July, Remains Solid

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes slipped two points to 64 in July from a downwardly revised June reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It is the lowest reading since November 2016. Members are expressing significant concerns over rising material prices, particularly lumber. This issue, along with other significant supply-side… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Registers Slight Uptick in First Quarter

Rising wages and moderating home prices offset a rise in mortgage interest rates to give housing affordability a slight boost in the first quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  In all, 60.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable… Read More ›

Young Adults & the Construction Trades

NAHB conducted a national poll of young adults ages 18 to 25 to find out how this age group feels about a career in the construction trades. The majority of young adults (74%) say they know the field in which they want to have a career.  Of these, only 3% are interested in the construction trades. Most of the young… Read More ›

Housing Affordability Edges Lower in Third Quarter

Ongoing home price appreciation offset a small decline in mortgage interest rates to move housing affordability slightly lower in the third quarter of 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 61.4 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families… Read More ›

The Number of Residential Construction Firms Owned by Minorities is on the Rise

The total number of residential construction firms in the country (single-family builders, multifamily builders, and residential remodelers) dropped to around 689,000 in 2012, 12% lower than in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners (collected only in years ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’). While the industry as a whole contracted during those five years, the share… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Flat in May

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending remained virtually unchanged in May at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $451.9 billion. Private nonresidential construction spending fell for a second consecutive month in May. Within private residential construction, spending on single-family dropped to $239.2 billion in April, down 1.3% over the upwardly revised April… Read More ›