Tag Archive for ‘remodeling’

Federal Open Market Committee July Meeting – Afternoon Tea

At 2:00 pm today the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy setting committee, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), concluded its July meeting and released the standard post-meeting statement. Let the reading of the tea leaves begin. Analysts’ expectations for the meeting were for no major changes and the FOMC delivered: marginal changes in the assessment of economic conditions (more later), no… Read More ›

Pending Sales – Another Bump in the Ride Up

The Pending Home Sales Index declined in June after reaching the highest level in over nine years in May. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 1.8% in June, but is up 8.2% from the same month a year ago, and has increased year-over-year for… Read More ›

In Second Quarter, NAHB’s Index of Remodeler Confidence Rebounds

In the second quarter, NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rebounded two points to 59 (after having slipped slightly from 60 to 57 in the first quarter). An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower.  The RMI, which averages ratings of current remodeling with indicators of future activity, has been over… Read More ›

Existing Home Sales Rise to Pre-Recession Level

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, increased in June to the highest level since February 2007. Although the June percent share of first-time buyers declined from May to 30%, that share remained at or above 30% for the fourth consecutive month. Total existing home sales increased by 3.2% in June to a seasonally adjusted rate… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Increase in May

The number of open, unfilled construction sector positions rose during the month of May over a slightly downwardly revised estimate for April. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) increased from 137,000 (revised) in April to 149,000 in May. The May estimate is the fourth… Read More ›

For Builders, Labor/Subcontractor Shortage Intensifies

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. The shortages are most acute for basic skills like carpentry, which are needed during the construction of any home.  For example, in the 2015 survey 69 percent of builders reported a… Read More ›

Pending Sales Continue Momentum

The Pending Home Sales Index increased for the fifth straight month to the highest level in over nine years. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 0.9% in May to 112.6, and climbed to 10.4% above the May level a year ago. Regionally, the May… Read More ›

Final Estimate of Q1 GDP Growth: Not Hot and Not Cold, But Not “Just Right” Either

The U.S. economy shrank by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2% over the first quarter of 2015. This third and final estimate of first quarter GDP growth is lower than the initial estimate but is higher than the second estimate. However, despite first quarter weakness, mortgage lenders believe that the U.S. economy is on the “right track”. In contrast,… Read More ›

Housing’s Share of GDP Expanded at the Start of 2015

With the release of the final estimates of first quarter 2015 GDP growth (a decline of -0.2%), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) grew to 15.45%, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.14 percentage points of that total. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the measure of the home building… Read More ›