Tag Archive for ‘remodeling’

Pending Sales Fade

For the third time in four months, the Pending Home Sales Index decreased in November, but has increased year-over-year for 15 consecutive months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 0.9% in November to 106.9 from an upwardly revised 107.9 in October, but remained 2.7%… Read More ›

Existing Sales Surprise

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 10.5% in November to the lowest level since April 2014, a decline NAR attributed to the implementation of The Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The new rule was designed to help consumers understand their loan options and avoid… Read More ›

NAHB Releases Remodeling Estimates by Zip Code

NAHB has released estimates of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code.  The estimates are based on a model relating improvement spending to five key variables (number of homes in the area, the share built in 1960s, share built in the 1970s, owners’ average income and level of education) for calendar year 2015.  The estimates show total spending on improvements,… Read More ›

Pending Sales Hold

After two consecutive monthly declines, the Pending Home Sales Index increased modestly in October from an upwardly revised September reading, and has increased year-over-year for 14 consecutive months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 0.2% in October to 107.7 and is 3.9% above the… Read More ›

HELOCs Continue to Shrink, But at Larger Banks

According the Federal Reserve Bank of New York the outstanding amount of home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) was the only debt category to record a decrease in the third quarter of 2015. Home equity lines of credit are an important source of financing for home remodeling projects. Over the quarter, the outstanding amount of HELOCs fell by 1.4%, $7… Read More ›

Existing Sales Realign

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, decreased 3.4% in October, and the annual share of first-time buyers in 2015 fell to its second-lowest level since the survey was launched in 1981. Total existing home sales in October decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.36 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops,… Read More ›

Share of Remodelers Reporting Labor Shortages Climbs Even Higher

Eighty percent of remodelers reported a shortage of finished carpenters (and 41 percent said the shortage was serious), according to special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey in the 3rd quarter of 2015. That’s 8 percentage points higher than NAHB remodelers were reporting just a year ago. The RMI survey asked remodelers about availability of labor in the 12 categories recommended by Home… Read More ›

Pending Sales Down Again

Although the Pending Home Sales Index decreased for the second consecutive month in September to its second lowest reading in 2015, the PHSI has increased year-over-year for 13 consecutive months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 2.3% in September to 106.8 from a downwardly… Read More ›

Existing Sales Rebound

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, increased 4.7% in September, and have increased year-over-year for 12 consecutive months. However, the first-time buyer share decreased to 29%, down from 32% the previous month. Total existing home sales in September increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.55 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and… Read More ›