Tag Archive for ‘single-family housing’

Homeownership Rate Inched Lower During the First Quarter

The homeownership rate declined slightly during the first quarter of 2013, falling to a seasonally adjusted reading of 65.2%. This marks the lowest reading since the end of 1995 and a 4.2 percentage point drop versus the peak observed in mid-2004. While the homeownership rate is somewhat lower than its 20-year historical average, the rate has not fallen as low… Read More ›

Newly Proposed Rules Could Raise Rates on Consumer Mortgages and Price Out Households

On balance, the residential housing market has been improving in recent months, but the pace of recovery is partly restrained by frictions in the mortgage market. Against this backdrop, U.S. regulators have proposed comprehensive new regulatory capital requirements for U.S. banking organizations.  These newly proposed rules will serve to implement Basel III, the most recent revision to international bank regulatory… Read More ›

Residential Construction Spending Surges on New Construction and Remodeling

Private residential construction spending jumped 2.8% on a month-to-month basis during September 2012. The preliminary estimates for July and August were revised higher as well, from previous prints of -0.1% and 0.9% to 1.3% and 1.2%, respectively. Nominal spending activity on private residential construction has expanded in 13 of the last 14 months, putting it nearly 21% above September 2011… Read More ›

Homebuilders Struggle to Add to Payrolls

Starts of new single-family homes have jumped approximately 26% since May 2011 (and more than 46% since bottoming out in early 2009). Unfortunately, the rebound in starts does not appear to have bolstered job creation within the residential construction sector as payrolls have inched 1% higher in the past year. The homebuilding industry as a whole, which includes building contractors… Read More ›

Townhouse Market Share Growing Off Recent Lows

When we last reported on townhouse construction (attached single-family housing), townhouses had reached a decade low in terms of share of the total single-family construction market. We expected this short-run decline to end and the share of construction for townhouses to rise to its historically increasing long-run trend. Census data from the fourth quarter of 2011 suggests that this is happening. While the… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Hits a Two-Year High

The Census Bureau reported that private residential construction spending activity increased 1.8% during January. The preliminary estimate for December was boosted higher to show a 1.5% gain, versus the originally reported increase of 0.8%. After falling in July 2010 to its lowest reading since mid-1995, spending on private residential construction projects has increased in each of the last six months—rising… Read More ›

Beige Book: Modest Growth Continues, but Some Optimism Emerges for Residential Real Estate

The latest issue  of the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book portrayed modest economic growth across all 12 Fed Districts. This particular theme of “modest” or “moderate” growth has been for most districts in each of the past several releases. Consumer spending, outside of some seasonal items hurt by low snowfall totals, remained solid during January and early February. Major winter tourist… Read More ›

Moderate Growth in Existing Home Sales in November ….. Benchmark Revisions Released

Existing home sales continued to grow at a moderate rate on a month-to-month basis in November and also improved upon their year ago level. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported sales of existing homes, completed transactions of single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops rose 4.0% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.42 million. This follows a modest… Read More ›

Single-Family and Multifamily Starts: Long-Run Trends

Growth in multifamily construction is leading the recent increase in housing starts. And with many analysts focusing on multifamily development, we thought it would be useful to consider the long-run relationship between single-family and multifamily housing starts. Over the last 40 years, a discernible trend has emerged with respect to the ratio of single-family to multifamily housing starts. Overall, both types of starts have been subject… Read More ›

Residential Construction Spending Rises in October

Spending on private residential construction projects jumped 3.4% during October. The initial estimate for September was also revised higher, shifting from a gain of 0.2% up to 0.6%. Even with these recent improvements, total private residential construction spending has failed to gain any considerable forward momentum in the past year, with modest growth of only 1.7% rate versus October 2010…. Read More ›