Tag Archive for ‘housing’

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in January

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained on firm ground in January, down two points to a level of 67 from a downwardly revised December reading of 69 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The solid reading is consistent with building expectations heading into the new year. NAHB expects 10 percent… Read More ›

Consumer Credit Grows but Some Risks Lurk

According to the Federal Reserve Board, consumer credit grew by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.9 percent over the month of November to $3.75 trillion. Revolving credit, which is largely composed of credit cards, grew by 13.5 percent while non-revolving credit, typically student loans and auto loans, rose by 5.9 percent. Although revolving credit grew faster than non-revolving credit… Read More ›

Builders Satisfy Demand for Open Floor Plans

According to a recent NAHB article, open floor plans are popular among home buyers, and the design of new single-family homes tends to be, if anything, even more open. For example, in a 2015 NAHB survey, 70 percent of recent and prospective homebuyers said they preferred a home with either a completely or partially open kitchen-family room arrangement with 32 percent preferring… Read More ›

Mortgage Rates Climb

The Mortgage Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) conducted monthly by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that contract mortgage rates rose in November 2016. Over the month, rates on all loans increased from 3.60 percent to 3.64 percent. Contract rates on both purchases of newly built homes and purchases of existing homes climbed during the month. Rates on purchases of… Read More ›

New Home Sales Grow in November

Sales of newly-built, single-family homes grew 5.2% on a monthly basis in November to a 592,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the Census Bureau and HUD. The growth in November is consistent with rising home builder confidence and an expectation of sales growth in 2017. The November rate was the second highest sales pace since the end of the… Read More ›

Housing Starts Fall in November

Housing starts posted a notable drop in November after a strong October pace. Total starts were down 18.7%, falling to a 1.09 million seasonally adjusted annual rate after a 1.34 million rate in October. However, the decline was concentrated in the volatile multifamily sector. The single-family sector continues to show anon improving trend, consistent with rising home builder confidence. According… Read More ›

NAHB Economics Presentations at IBS

The 2017 NAHB International Builders Show opens in Orlando Florida on Tuesday, January 10 at the Orange County Convention Center. NAHB’s Economics and Housing Policy staff will offer analyses of what to expect in 2017 for all sectors of the housing market. A sample of sessions, including locations, is offered below.   The 2017 Housing & Economic Outlook January 10… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Closes Year on a High Note

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped seven points to a level of 70 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest reading since July 2005. The increase in market confidence follows the November election results, increasing hopes among home builders and other stakeholders in the residential construction industry that… Read More ›

Growth in Homeowners’ Equity Continues

According to the Federal Reserve Board’s third quarter of 2016 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States report, household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $22.725 trillion in the third quarter of 2016, $1.520 trillion higher than its level in the third quarter of 2015, $21.204 trillion. At the same time, home mortgage… Read More ›

Non-Mortgage Credit Growth Continues

The Federal Reserve Board reported that consumer credit outstanding continues to grow. However, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.2 percent over the month of October 2016, growth in consumer credit was 1.9 percentage points slower than its rate, 7.1 percent, in September. There is now $3.73 trillion in outstanding consumer credit. Revolving credit has also contributed to the over consumer credit… Read More ›