Tag Archive for ‘multifamily’

A Modest Increase in the “Core” CPI in August

The CPI increased by 2.7% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate while the “core” CPI rose modestly in August. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.7% in August, after the 2.1% increase in July. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, “core” CPI increased at… Read More ›

Multifamily Built-for-Rent Share Remains Elevated

The elevated rental share of multifamily construction is holding typical apartment size below levels seen during the pre-recession period. As multifamily developers build more for-sale housing units in the years ahead, the average size of multifamily homes is likely to rise. According to second quarter 2018 data, the average per unit square footage of multifamily housing construction starts was 1,139, off from the post-recession… Read More ›

Multifamily Builder and Developer Confidence Edged Down Slightly in Second Quarter

Confidence in the multifamily market edged down slightly in the second quarter of 2018 with the Multifamily Production Index (MPI) falling two points to 51, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) (Figure 1). The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100. The… Read More ›

Flat Conditions for Housing Starts

Total housing starts posted a slight increase in July as markets face headwinds in the form of rising construction costs and growing affordability concerns. Total housing starts increased 0.9% in July and are 6.2% higher for 2018 on a year-to-date basis, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts was roughly… Read More ›

Private Residential Spending Down in June

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending dipped 0.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $568.3 billion in June. Nevertheless, on a quarterly basis, private residential construction spending climbed 4.0 percent in the second quarter, the largest quarterly gain since 2017. Moreover, total private residential construction spending was 8.8 percent higher… Read More ›

Apartment Absorption Remains Steady

The US Census Bureau’s Survey of Market Absorption (SOMA), produced in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides users with the opportunity to take a look at apartment completions and absorption rates on a quarterly basis. According to the SOMA, completions of unfurnished, unsubsidized apartments in buildings with five or more units totaled to 70,400 in the… Read More ›

Residential Construction Down in June

Following two consecutive monthly increases, single-family starts fell by 9.1 percent over the month of June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 858,000, according to a joint release by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, over the quarter, starts of single-family houses was about flat, rising by 1.2 percent to 900,000. This is… Read More ›

Apartment Construction Times Lengthened in 2017

The average length of time to complete construction of a multifamily building, after obtaining authorization, was 15.7 months according to the 2017 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau. The authorization-to-completion time has been on an upward trend since 2013, increasing by approximately one month each year. The average time to build multifamily homes varies with the number of… Read More ›

Housing Starts Reach Post-Recession High in May as Permits Soften

Total housing starts increased in May with gains in both the single-family and multifamily sectors. Starts increased 5% month-over-month to a 1.35 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. This pace is a post-recession high. The rate of single-family starts was 3.9% higher in May, reaching a 936,000 annual rate…. Read More ›

Regulation: Over 30 Percent of the Cost of a Multifamily Development

Regulation imposed by all levels of government (whether local, state or federal) accounts for 32.1 percent of the cost of an average multifamily development, according to a new study conducted jointly by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).  The study is based primarily on a survey of multifamily developers from both organizations. The results… Read More ›