Tag Archive for ‘remodeling’

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 ›

Elevated Number of Construction Job Openings for April

The number of open, unfilled construction sector positions has been elevated during 2015, with one measure of job openings for the industry reaching cycle highs. 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) declined from 168,000 to 153,000 from March to April. However, the 168,000… Read More ›

April Gains for Residential Construction Spending

NAHB analysis of Census construction spending data finds that the pace of residential construction spending improved on both a monthly and year-over-year basis for April. For the month, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of single-family construction spending was $206 billion, up 1.6% from March. The April rate of multifamily construction spending was $51 billion, 3.1% higher than March. On a year-over-year basis, the pace of single-family construction spending… Read More ›

Existing Home Sales Pause

Existing home sales declined 3.3% in April, despite the fact that almost half of April sales remained on the market less than one month. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported April 2015 total existing home sales at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.04 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, down from an upwardly revised 5.21… Read More ›

Nearly 90% of NAHB Remodelers Commonly Use Low-E Windows

Energy efficient windows again ranked as green feature commonly used by the most remodelers in NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2015.  Nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year. Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats, and ENERGY STAR appliances, each… Read More ›