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Single-Family Starts Flat in April

Total housing starts declined in April due a drop in the volatile multifamily category. Starts decreased 3.7% month-over-month to a 1.29 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts was roughly flat in April, after an upward revision to the March rate (increased from an initial… Read More ›

Small Gain for Housing Starts in March

Total housing starts increased slightly in March, led by multifamily construction strength. Starts increased 1.9% to a 1.32 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. However, the pace of single-family starts declined in March, falling 3.7% to an 867,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, due to lingering weather effects in some parts… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Slips One Point, Remains in Solid Territory

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 69 in April on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) but remains on firm ground. Strong demand for housing is keeping builders optimistic about future market conditions. However, builders are facing supply-side constraints, such as a lack of… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP

With the release of the final estimate of fourth quarter 2017 GDP growth (a 2.5% annual growth rate), housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) rose slightly to 15.4%. The home building and remodeling component – residential fixed investment – also increased slightly, rising to 3.5%. Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the measure… Read More ›

Private Residential Spending Grew in February

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $533.4 billion in February, a gain of 0.1% from the upwardly revised estimate of January. Over the past 12 months, total private residential construction spending was up 5.5%. The monthly gains are largely attributed to the large increase… Read More ›

February New Home Sales Flat After Upward Revisions to Prior Months

Contracts for new, single-family home sales were effectively flat in February, inching down 0.6% to a 618,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau. Matching solid readings of the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI measure of home builder confidence, new home sales data for prior months were revised up. For example, the initial January estimate… Read More ›

Multifamily Decline In February

Total housing starts declined in February, led by a reversion to trend for multifamily development. Starts fell 7% to a 1.24 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. The pace of single-family starts expanded in February, rising 2.9% to a 902,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. The three-month moving average for single-family… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Remains on Solid Footing

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes edged down one point to a level of 70 in March from a downwardly revised February reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the fourth consecutive month at or above a level of 70 for the HMI, an indication of strong single-family housing… Read More ›

AD&C Loan Growth Points Toward More Building

The volume of residential construction loans increased by 1.6% during the fourth quarter of 2017, marking 19 consecutive quarters of growth. Furthermore, stabilization for the year-over-year growth rate is an indicator of continued, modest growth for single-family construction. Tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans has been a limiting factor for home building growth, but easing credit conditions and a growing loan base have helped expand residential construction… Read More ›

January Gains in Single-Family Construction Spending

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $529.9 billion in January 2018, up by 0.3% after a decline of 0.5% in December 2017. Compared to the same month a year ago, total private residential spending increased 4.2%. The monthly gains are largely attributed to… Read More ›