Tag Archive for ‘remodeling’

Pending Sales Retreat

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased in August, but has increased year-over-year for 12 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 1.4% in August, but is up 6.1% from the same month a year ago. While increasing in the West, the PHSI declined… Read More ›

Americans Spent $150 billion on Home Improvements & Repairs in 2013

If one wanted to understand the characteristics of the housing stock in the US, including its size, composition, physical conditions, home improvements, characteristics of recent movers, and housing costs, the American Housing Survey (AHS) would be the place to go. The AHS is conducted every other year by the Census Bureau and sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban… Read More ›

Americans Spent $150 billion on Home Improvements & Repairs in 2013

If one wanted to understand the characteristics of the housing stock in the US, including its size, composition, physical conditions, home improvements, characteristics of recent movers, and housing costs, the American Housing Survey (AHS) would be the place to go. The AHS is conducted every other year by the Census Bureau and sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban… Read More ›

Existing Sales Fall in August But First-Time Buyer Share Rises

Although existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, decreased in August after three successive months of growth, the first-time home buyer share increased sharply to 32% from 28% in July. Total existing home sales decreased by 4.8% in August to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.31 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops,… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Steady, Hiring Slowing

The count of construction job openings held steady in July, as hiring in the home building sector slowed. 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) remained constant at 137,000 for July. This is somewhat lower than the cycle high of 168,000 set during March…. Read More ›

Pending Sales Maintain the Ride Up

The Pending Home Sales Index increased in July for the sixth time in seven months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 0.5% in July from an upwardly revised June report, and is up 7.4% from the same month a year ago. Most of the… Read More ›

Existing Sales Grow – Except for First-Time Buyers

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, increased for the third consecutive month in July, and remained at the highest level since February 2007; but the first-time buyer share fell for the second consecutive month to the lowest level since January. Total existing home sales increased by 2.0% in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Remain High as Hiring Slows

The count of construction job openings fell somewhat in June, albeit from an upwardly revised estimate for the month of May. Post-revision, the May count of unfilled construction positions was second only to the month of March. The number of unfilled jobs in construction remains high, even as hiring slowed for the residential construction sector in recent months. According to the… Read More ›

The Aging Housing Stock

The American housing stock continues to age, especially as residential construction continues its modest rebound after the Great Recession. According to the latest 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS), published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median age of owner-occupied homes is 37 years old, compared to only 27 years old in 1993. This aging trend signals a… Read More ›