Tag Archive for ‘housing’

Reasons for Not Moving in 10+ Years

NAHB regularly conducts national polls of American adults and home buyers in order to understand new trends and preferences in the housing market. This is the fifth in a series of posts highlighting poll results, as presented during the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, FL.  See previous posts on tiny homes, driverless cars, time searching for a home, and… Read More ›

AD&C Loan Growth Points Toward More Building

The volume of residential construction loans increased by 1.6% during the fourth quarter of 2017, marking 19 consecutive quarters of growth. Furthermore, stabilization for the year-over-year growth rate is an indicator of continued, modest growth for single-family construction. Tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans has been a limiting factor for home building growth, but easing credit conditions and a growing loan base have helped expand residential construction… Read More ›

AD&C Financing Conditions Ease in 2017

Builders and developers responding to NAHB’s AD&C Financing Survey continue to report easing credit conditions for acquisition, development, and single-family construction loans and the pace of easing quickened. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the overall net tightening index based on the AD&C survey was -15.3, indicating net easing. All major categories of AD&C financing also recorded net easing, with… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Rise

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that contract mortgage rates rose by four basis points to 4.05 percent in January 2018. After falling to 3.93 percent following its February 2017 peak of 4.18 percent, rates on purchases of newly built homes have risen 12 basis points over two months to 4.05 percent. At this level, mortgage rates remain below… Read More ›

Solid Fourth Quarter Economic Growth Confirmed

In its second estimate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the nation’s economy, measured by real gross domestic product (GDP), grew by 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis. The second estimate is 0.1 percent point less than the 2.6 percent growth rate recorded in the first or “advance” estimate…. Read More ›

New Single-family Home Sales Start 2018 Lower

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, sales of new single-family homes fell by 7.8 percent over the month of January. The decrease in sales partly reflected an upward revision in the December estimate from 625,000 to 643,000. However, sales fell below the 600,000 level to 593,000. Despite the second consecutive decrease… Read More ›

Multifamily Built-for-Rent Share Remains Elevated

The market share of rental multifamily construction starts ticked back up to an elevated level of 95% in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to NAHB analysis of Census data. In contrast, the historical low share of 47% was set during the third quarter of 2005, during the condo building boom. The average share of 80% was recorded during the 1980-2002… Read More ›

Small Gain for Custom Building in 2017

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that with a small gain for the year, 2017 set a post-recession peak for custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor). There were 40,000 total custom starts for the final… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction Expands

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction starts continue to post gains. Over the course of 2017, townhouse starts totaled 104,000, 7% higher than 2016. Townhouses, or single-family attached housing, accounted for 29,000 starts during the fourth quarter of 2017, 21% higher than the total during the fourth… Read More ›

Total Housing Starts Near Post-Recession High

Total housing starts increased in January, led by strong gains for multifamily development. Starts jumped 9.7% to a 1.33 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts expanded in January, rising 3.7% to an 877,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. The three-month moving average for single-family starts remained… Read More ›