Tag Archive for ‘housing’

Continued Rise in Community Associations in New Homes Built

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), 62.5 percent of all homes started in 2018 were built within a community or homeowner’s association. A total of 543,000 homes with community associations were started in 2018, compared to 508,000 in 2017. The Census Bureau defines community or homeowner’s associations as “formal legal entities created to maintain common… Read More ›

November New Home Sales Trend Higher

New home sales posted a small gain in November, after downward revisions for prior months. However, the sales pace for newly-built single-family homes is ending the year strong, with solid demand pointing to additional construction gains in 2020. Contracts for new, single-family home sales increased slightly in November by 1.3% to a 719,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates… Read More ›

Lot Shortages Ease Slightly, But Remain a Problem

The shortage of lots that has been hindering the housing recovery eased somewhat in 2019, but remains elevated by historical standards, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The survey consisted of a set of special questions included on the instrument for the September 2019 NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The survey asked… Read More ›

Share of New Homes with Patios Edges Up Again

Of the roughly 876,000 single-family homes started in 2018, 59.4 percent came with patios, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and partially funded by HUD).  This is the highest the number has been since NAHB began tracking the series in 2005.  The incidence of patios on new homes… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Rebound Continues in November

According to estimates from the Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Departments, single-family starts expanded in November, albeit off downwardly revised numbers from prior months. The three-month moving average for single-family construction is currently at a post-recession high, which combined with strong reporting from the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), indicates future growth ahead. Single-family starts increased 2.4% to… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Ends Year Strong on Solid Economic Fundamentals

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased five points to 76 in December off an upwardly revised November reading, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the highest reading since June of 1999. Builders are continuing to see the housing rebound that began in the spring,… Read More ›

Gain for Construction Loan Volume During Third Quarter

After a slight (and delayed) dip in interest rates for AD&C loans, the stock of outstanding residential construction loans expanded during the third quarter of 2019. The volume of 1-4 unit residential construction loans made by FDIC-insured institutions increased 0.8%. The volume of loans increased by $628 million during the quarter, placing the total stock of loans at $80.3 billion…. Read More ›

Share of New Homes with Decks Declines in 2018

Of the roughly 876,000 single-family homes started in 2018, 22.6 percent included decks, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and partially funded by HUD). This is down over a full percentage point from he 23.8 percent recorded a year earlier. From 2005 to 2008, the share of new… Read More ›

Reversing Trend, Interest Rates on AD&C Loans Decline in 3rd Quarter

In the third-quarter of 2019, builders and developers reported declining interest rates on all types of loans covered in NAHB’s survey on acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) financing. In the third quarter, the average interest rate declined from 6.59 to 6.39 percent on loans for land acquisition, from 6.49 to 6.39 percent on loans for land development, from 6.21 to… Read More ›