Tag Archive for ‘regional differences’

NAHB Releases New Home Building Employment Estimates by State and Congressional District

The new NAHB study presents the most recent and comprehensive estimates of home building employment, including self-employed workers, by state and congressional district. NAHB Economics estimates that out of 9.6 million people working in construction in 2015, close to 3.8 million people worked in residential construction, accounting for 2.5% of the US employed civilian labor force. These numbers reflect steady… Read More ›

Sale and Contract Prices per Square Foot in 2015

Looking at single-family homes started in 2015, the median prices, excluding improved lot values, range from $168 per square foot for contractor-built homes in the Pacific division to $78 per square foot for speculatively built homes in the East South Central division. At $168 per square foot, new contractor-built single-family homes in Pacific are the most expensive to build exceeding… Read More ›

How New Home Buyers Financed Their Homes in 2015

NAHB analysis of the Census Bureau Survey of Construction (SOC) data shows that non-conventional forms of financing new single-family home purchases remained elevated in 2015, accounting for more than a third of the market. Looking at new single-family homes started in 2015, the South Atlantic division was most dependent on non-conventional financing, with its share exceeding 40% of the market…. Read More ›

Custom and Spec Home Market Shares in 2015

Custom home building registered declining market shares across all regions of the Unites States in 2015, except the New England and East South Central division where the custom home share of new single-family starts remained stable and relatively high. NAHB’s analysis of the most recent Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) shows that New England registered the highest custom home… Read More ›

Lot Values at Record High

Single-family lot prices set a new record in 2015, with half of the lots priced at or above $45,000. According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, this is the highest median lot value on record and exceeds the previous record of $43,000 reached in 2006, in the midst of the housing boom when twice… Read More ›

Lots in 2015 are Smallest on Record

The median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold in 2015 dropped under 8,600 square feet for the first time since Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) started tracking the series. An acre is 43,560 square feet, so the current median lot size is just under one-fifth of an acre. In 2014, Paul Emrath used a football field… Read More ›