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Energy Prices Pushed CPI Higher in October

The CPI accelerated over the month of October reflecting increases in energy prices and the “core” CPI. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in October, faster than the 0.1% increase in September. It was the fastest monthly growth rate in the past nine months. The… Read More ›

Modular and Other Non-Site Built Housing

The total market share of non-site built single-family homes was 3.3% of single-family completions in 2017, according to Census Bureau Survey of Construction data and NAHB analysis. This share is expected to rise in 2018 and in the years ahead, due to the ongoing labor shortage in the residential construction sector and the need to lift labor productivity amid declining… Read More ›

CPI Growth Slows in September

Headline inflation rose slower in September relative to August, while core inflation was unchanged. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose by 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, slower than the 0.2% increase in August. The “core” CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, increased by 0.1% in September,… Read More ›

Multifamily Units by Building Size

The US Census Bureau recently released data on 2017 multifamily unit completions by building type from the Survey of Construction (SOC). In 2017, there was a significant expansion in the construction of units in large multifamily buildings (buildings with 50 or more units): units in these buildings grew by 18 percent to 187,000, the largest number since the start of… Read More ›

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 ›