Tag Archive for ‘housing’

June Pending Home Sales Rise on Gains in the Northeast and the Midwest

According to the National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), nationwide, signed contracts for existing homes inched up 0.2% over the month of June 2016. The PHSI is forward looking indicator for contracting closings (i.e. existing home sales). June marks the fourth monthly increase in the PHSI over the past five months. Over the year, the PHSI rose… Read More ›

First Time Buyers Arrive

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 1.1% in June to the highest level since February 2007, as first-time buyers grabbed a 33% share, the best performance in four years. June existing sales are up 3.0% from the same month a year ago. Total existing home sales in June increased to a seasonally adjusted… Read More ›

Construction Gains in June

The June pace of single-family housing starts increased over a downwardly revised May reading, standing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 778,000 according to estimates from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The June rate marks a 13% gain in the pace of single-family construction on a year-over-year basis. Multifamily starts were up slightly in June, rising to 411,000 starts. However,… Read More ›

Lot Values at Record High

Single-family lot prices set a new record in 2015, with half of the lots priced at or above $45,000. According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, this is the highest median lot value on record and exceeds the previous record of $43,000 reached in 2006, in the midst of the housing boom when twice… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in July fell one point to 59 from a June reading of 60 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). For the past six months, builder confidence has remained in a relatively narrow positive range that is consistent with the ongoing gradual housing recovery. However,… Read More ›

Slight Decline for Construction Job Openings as Hiring Slows

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector declined, but remained elevated, in May after setting a post-Great Recession high in March. Simultaneously, the rate of jobs being added to the residential construction sector has slowed noticeably over the last three months. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Outstanding Partly Fueled by Strengthening Demand

Consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.2%, $222.7 billion, in the month of May 2016, 1.7 percentage points faster than the 4.5% rate of growth recorded in April. Consumer credit outstanding now totals $3.624 trillion. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Credit report, the increase in total consumer credit outstanding partly reflected an expansion in the… Read More ›

Vinyl is the Most Widely Used Exterior On New Homes

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most common principal siding material on new single-family homes started in 2015 (27 percent), followed by stucco (25 percent), brick or brick veneer (22 percent each), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) (19 percent). Wood or wood products accounted for… 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 ›