Tag Archive for ‘single-family’

Sale and Contract Prices per Square Foot in 2014

For single-family homes started in 2014, median prices, excluding improved lot values, range from $159 per square foot for contractor-built homes in the Pacific and New England divisions to $80 per square foot for speculatively-built homes in the East South Central division. The most expensive new single-family homes in 2014 were contractor-built homes in the Pacific and New England divisions with the… Read More ›

Property Tax Collections Increase

According to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau’s quarterly data, property taxes made up 38.9% of state and local tax receipts among major sources over the last four quarters. Property tax collections, including commercial real property taxes and personal property taxes, totaled more than $503 billion over the last year. This represents an increase of almost $13 billion, as measured on a four-quarter trailing basis, or… Read More ›

Residential Mortgages: Who Borrows What?

The Financial Accounts of the United States shows continued improvement in the aggregate home equity position of U.S. households. Household holdings of real estate, measured on a not seasonally adjusted basis, totaled $21.540 trillion in the second quarter of 2015, $1.366 trillion higher than its level, $20.174.4 trillion, in the second quarter of 2014. At the same time, home mortgage debt outstanding,… Read More ›

Starts Drop in August, Permits Point to Growth

The pace of housing starts posted a small decline in August, but permits and builder confidence suggest ongoing, modest growth for the rest of the year. After a downward revision for July, total housing starts declined 3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.126 million, as detailed in the joint release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The declines… Read More ›

Builders Gain Confidence

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for September increased one point to 62, the highest level in 10 years. Two of the three components also increased; the present sales indicator rose one point to 67 and the traffic indicator increased two points to 47. The indicator of future sales declined two points to 68 but from a two-month sustained level… Read More ›

Two-Car Garage Most Common in New Homes

A majority of new homes that started construction in 2014 included two-car garages, according to NAHB analysis of Census Survey of Construction data. For single-family constructions starts in 2014, 61.9% of homes included a two-car garage. Another 23.5% of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three of more cars. Approximately 10% of homes were classified in the “other” category, which… Read More ›

Steady AD&C Loan Growth

The volume of residential AD&C loans outstanding expanded 4.7% during the second quarter of 2015, marking the 9th consecutive quarter of growth. The tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans has been a factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis, the outstanding stock of 1-4 unit residential construction loans made by… Read More ›

What Types of Foundations Are Used in New Homes?

NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) shows that the market share of new single-family homes built on slabs has been generally increasing, whereas homes with basements or crawl spaces have been on the decline since the year 2000. 56% of all new single-family started in 2014 were built on slab foundations, 28% had a full/partial basement, and 15%… Read More ›

Are AD&C Lending Conditions Tightening?

Builders and developers continue to report easing credit conditions for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) loans according to NAHB’s most recent survey on AD&C financing, although a separate Federal Reserve survey is trending differently. In the second quarter of 2015, the overall net tightening index of the NAHB survey was -30.7,which represents somewhat less easing than in the first quarter… Read More ›

Increase for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Construction

Single-family homes built-for-rent increased to approximately 8,000 starts for the second quarter of 2015, compared to about 6,000 for the same period of 2014. The share and count of built-for-rent starts are off post-recession highs and will likely approach historical norms as the housing market continues to expand. However, given the relatively small size of this market, care must be taken when tracing changes in the… Read More ›