Tag Archive for ‘housing’

Increase for Typical New Multifamily Residence Size

An elevated market share for rental multifamily homes is holding typical new apartment size below levels seen during the housing boom. However, as multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. The recent pattern of change in the size of new multifamily units stands in contrast to the post-recession increase in the size of… Read More ›

Declines for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Market

Single-family homes built-for-rent declined to approximately 2,000 starts for the first quarter of 2015, compared to about 4,000 at the start of 2014. The share and count of built-for-rent starts are off post-recession highs and will approach historical norms as the housing market continues to expand. However, given the relatively small size of this market, care must be taken when tracing changes in the estimates. According… Read More ›

Eye on the Economy: Home Building Jumps in April

Home builders ratcheted up construction in April to a level not seen since November 2007. Total starts increased 20.2% from March to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million. The increase was broad based, with a 16.7% jump in single-family starts to an annual pace of 733,000, the highest since January 2008, and a multifamily increase of 27.2% to an… Read More ›

Existing Home Sales Pause

Existing home sales declined 3.3% in April, despite the fact that almost half of April sales remained on the market less than one month. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported April 2015 total existing home sales at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.04 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, down from an upwardly revised 5.21… Read More ›

Custom Home Building During the First Quarter of 2015

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight decline on a year-over year basis from 27,000 starts at the beginning of 2014 to 26,000… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size Increases at the Start of 2015

The typical size of newly built single-family homes increased at the start of the year. The trend of increasing new home size leveled off in 2014, but new home size increased during the first quarter of 2015 with a decline in the volume of construction. As first-time buyers return to the market, typical home size is expected to trend lower. According to first quarter 2015… Read More ›

Winter Slump Over

Builders increased building activity in April to a level not seen since November 2007. Total starts increased 20.2% from March to April to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million. The increase was broad based with a 16.7% increase in single-family starts to a level of 733,000, the highest since January 2008, and multifamily (2 or more units in the… Read More ›

Producer Prices in April – Up in March, Down in April

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for April. Inflation in prices received by producers (prior to sales to consumers) fell 0.4% in April after a modest increase (0.2%) in March. The decline was dominated by goods, and mainly energy, but prices for services also declined by 0.1%. Prices for gypsum flattened out in April… Read More ›

What Builders are Building

Based on a December 2014 survey of builders, the Walk-in Closet in the Master Bedroom and the Laundry Room ranked as the top two features builders are most likely to include in new 2015 homes. Scored by a choice of Very Likely equal to 5 and a Not at All Likely choice equal to 1, these top two features rated… Read More ›