Tag Archive for ‘housing’

Property Taxes Remain Historically High

Property taxes are an important source of revenue for state and local governments to finance government services, particularly education. And despite claims to the contrary, property tax payments continue to provide an outsized share of state and local tax collections. In fact, Census data of state and local government tax collections for the final quarter of 2011 indicate a small… Read More ›

Construction Employment Continues to Grow in 2012

The year 2011 was the first year since 2006 for which the overall construction sector added net jobs. And January data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the construction sector continues to expand. For the economy as whole, hiring continues at rates that add net jobs to the economy. The… Read More ›

Existing Home Sales Up Strongly From a Year Ago, Slightly Down from a Month Ago

February 2012 existing home sales were up 8.8 percent from a year ago, although down 0.9 percent from the upwardly revised January level. The February 2012 seasonally adjusted level of 4.59 million sales was up from the 4.22 million level of sales a year ago. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that the February seasonally adjusted sales of existing… Read More ›

February Housing Starts Pause

Single-family housing starts declined almost 10 percent in February from an elevated January due to abnormally warm weather country wide. February also has above average temperatures but not as off-normal as January. In addition, buyers are meeting the harsh realities of tight credit standards and poor appraisals that don’t account for the condition of the distressed sales used as comparables…. Read More ›

Starts, Permits Indicate Relative Health of the Multifamily Sector

In February, the (seasonally adjusted) annual rate of starts  in buildings with five or more apartments was 233,000, according to the latest release from the Census Bureau’s Manufacturing and Construction Division.  This is a 29 percent increase from the January starts rate  (which was revised upward slightly) and more than double the starts rate for February 2011.   Although a rate of… Read More ›

Surging Gasoline Prices Boost Overall CPI in March

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) jumped 0.4% on a month-to-month basis during February 2012. Although the core and food CPI indices registered very modest gains, energy prices increased 3.2% and accounted for the vast majority of last month’s gain in the overall CPI. In fact, had natural gas prices not posted their fifth consecutive month-to-month decline,… Read More ›

Absorption Rates Rise for Multifamily Units During the Last Quarter of 2011

Data from the Survey of Market Absorption of Apartments (SOMA), produced by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, suggest continued improvement for the multifamily sector. The SOMA tracks completions and market absorption (units rented or sold after construction of the property is complete) for multifamily rental and for-sale housing in 5+ unit properties. Data released in… Read More ›