Tag Archive for ‘housing’

Single-Family Home Size Trending Lower

After increasing and leveling off in recent years, new single-family home size continued to trend lower during the third quarter of 2016. This ongoing change marks a reversal of the trend that had been in place as builders focused on the higher end of the market during the recovery. As the entry-level market expands, including growth for townhouses, typical new home size… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in November

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes held steady in November at a level of 63 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder sentiment has held well above 60 for the past three months, indicating that the single-family housing sector continues to show slow, gradual growth. Ongoing job creation, rising incomes and… Read More ›

Non-Mortgage Consumer Debt Accelerates

The Federal Reserve Board reported that consumer credit outstanding grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.0% over the third quarter of 2016, 0.6 percentage point faster than the 6.4% rate of growth in the second quarter. There is now $3.71 trillion in outstanding consumer credit. Growth in the outstanding amount of consumer credit overall reflected an increase in both revolving and non-revolving… Read More ›

High End New Homes

In 2015, a total of 1,762 homes were started for sale with a price of $1 million or more according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction. New homes started for sale with a price of $ 1 million or more decreased as a share in absolute number in 2015. That number was significantly lower than in 2013 (3,347 homes) and… 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 ›

Construction Job Openings Continue to Rise

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased in September, as residential construction employment continued to grow. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) grew to 221,000 in September, after establishing a cycle high of 225,000 in July. The July estimate represents the highest monthly count of… Read More ›