Tag Archive for ‘single-family’

Private Residential Construction Spending Surges in April

Today’s construction spending release from the Census Bureau revealed a strong 2.8 percent jump in spending on private residential projects during April 2012. The initial estimates for February and March were revised from -2.2% and 0.7% to 0.1% and 0.4%, respectively. Overall, private residential construction spending has increased in each of the last 9 months. New single-family construction activity continued… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Increases in March

The Census Bureau’s newest report on construction spending showed a 0.7 percent jump in spending activity on private residential projects in March 2012. Initial estimates for January and February were revised from earlier readings of -0.1% and generally unchanged to an increase of 0.5% and a drop of 2.2%, respectively. The new single-family component for construction spending gained 3.8 percent… Read More ›

Homeownership Rate Drops to Lowest Point in 15 Years

After hovering around 66 percent in each of the last three quarters, the Census Bureau reported the seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 65.5 percent during the first quarter of 2012. With this latest decline, the homeownership rate has slipped nearly 4 percentage points from its peak during the mid-2000s and its current level marks the lowest reading since 1997…. Read More ›

Spending on Private Residential Construction Finishes Year on a High Note

According to the Census Bureau, total spending on private residential construction projects increased 0.8% during December. The initial estimate for November was revised measurably lower from an increase of 2% down to an outright decline of 0.3% (due primarily to a sizable downward revision to home improvement spending), while the reported growth rate for October was bumped up to 2.8%…. Read More ›

Fed Beige Book: Modest Pace of Growth Continues for Most Districts

The latest release of the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book indicates that economic activity expanded at a “modest to moderate pace” in nearly all 12 Fed Districts. The sole exception was the Richmond District, and even there local economic activity was described as being at worst flat versus the previous reporting period. Participants noted a solid increase in consumer spending activity… Read More ›

Private Residential Construction Spending Climbs Higher in November

According to the Census Bureau, private residential construction spending increased 2% during November. While the initial estimate for October was revised lower to 2.3% (from 3.4%) this was offset by an increase in the September reading from 0.6% to 1.5%. Private residential construction spending has risen in each of the last four months. On a year-over-year basis, outlays have increased… Read More ›