Tag Archive for ‘starts’

Home Construction Up for 2015

With the December report on housing starts and permits, preliminary totals for 2015 are now available. Total housing starts at 1.11 million were up 10.8% in 2015 compared to 2014. Single-family starts were up 10.4% to 715,300 and multifamily starts were up 11.4% to 396,000. All four census regions also experienced increases in single-family starts for 2015. The monthly change… Read More ›

Housing Under Construction – November Data

Due to the surge in multifamily development and the ongoing modest growth for single-family, there has been a noticeable shift in the market shares of housing units under construction. The Census housing starts data illustrate a trend to more multifamily units in the production pipeline. Using the seasonally adjusted Census estimates, at the end of November there were 549,000 multifamily units… Read More ›

Builders’ Sentiment Steady

Single-family home builders sentiment remained near the same level established in June 2015. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell one point to 61 in December. The index has been between 60 and 62 for six of the last seven months with only October rising briefly to 65. The three components mirrored the trend with current sales falling one point… Read More ›

Housing Construction Continues Forward

Permits to build new homes increased 4.1% in October to a level of 1.15 million per year. Both single-family and multifamily levels increased by 2.4% and 6.8% respectively. On a year-to-date basis, total permits are up 11.9%; single-family are up 8.6% and multifamily are up 17.2% as the housing market continues its modest pace of recovery. Housing starts were down… Read More ›

Builders Build More Homes

Housing starts for the month of September rose 6.5% to an eight year high of 1.206 million units on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. The increase was all in the multifamily sector, rising 18.3% to 466,000. Single-family starts were virtually unchanged at 740,000. This is the first month total starts passed the 1.2 million mark since October 2007. The trends in… 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 ›

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 ›

Year-over-Year Gains for Custom Home Building

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight increase on a year-over year basis as of the second quarter of 2015. Over the last four quarters,… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction at Seven-Year High

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, single-family attached starts totaled 24,000 for the second quarter of 2015, up 26% from a year prior. Over the last four quarters, townhouse starts totaled 78,000 nationwide. The second quarter pace of townhouse construction is the fastest since the first quarter of 2008. Using a… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size Trends Flat

The typical size of newly built single-family homes was effectively unchanged from the first to second quarter of 2015, posting small quarterly declines. The current data is consistent with the general trend of flat growth for the size of typical newly-built homes, a pattern that took hold during 2014. As first-time buyers return to the market, typical home size is expected to trend somewhat lower. According to second quarter 2015… Read More ›