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Builder Confidence and Housing Starts

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is at its highest level in almost 8 years. The July level of 57 was up 6 points from June and 16 points from April. The index has been on a fairly steady rise since wandering in the teens through almost all of 2011. In percentage terms, the HMI has more than doubled between… Read More ›

Builder Confidence and Housing Starts

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is at its highest level in almost 8 years. The July level of 57 was up 6 points from June and 16 points from April. The index has been on a fairly steady rise since wandering in the teens through almost all of 2011. In percentage terms, the HMI has more than doubled between… Read More ›

Housing Production Modest Growth

May housing starts rose 6.8% as apartment construction rebounded from an unusually low April and single-family construction remained virtually even. Total starts at a 914,000 seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) have been above 900,000 for three of the last five months.   Regionally, the South was the only region with an increase in single-family starts (12.2%) while the Northeast dropped 20%,… Read More ›

Housing Production Modest Growth

May housing starts rose 6.8% as apartment construction rebounded from an unusually low April and single-family construction remained virtually even. Total starts at a 914,000 seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) have been above 900,000 for three of the last five months.   Regionally, the South was the only region with an increase in single-family starts (12.2%) while the Northeast dropped 20%,… Read More ›

Apartment Production Spikes to an Unsustainable Rate

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate for starts in buildings with five or more apartments in March came in at a massive (seasonally adjusted annual) rate of 392,000 units.  In the Census construction report, this shows up as a 27 percent increase over February.  However, the number for February was itself revised upward by 24,000—so the five-plus starts rate for March… Read More ›

Housing Passes One Million Mark

Housing construction passed the psychological mark of one million starts in March coming in at 1.036 million homes, up 7 percent from an upwardly revised February level of 968,000. The surge was due to a 31 percent increase in apartment construction to a level of 417,000 units, the highest since January 2006. Single-family construction fell 4.8 percent to 619,000 from… Read More ›

Multifamily Production Falls Back to November Rate

The Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments for January came in at 260,000 (at a seasonally adjusted  annual rate).  As predicted in last month’s post, a rate well in excess of 300,000 proved too high to sustain.  In fact, the five-plus starts rate for December was revised upward, from 330,000 to 352,000—so the preliminary… Read More ›

Housing Permits Continue Rise

The US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development housing construction report for January contains mixed but mostly positive results. Housing permits continued their steady increase to a new high not seen since mid-2008. Total permit activity was up 1.8% and the rise was evenly spread across single-family, up 1.9% and multifamily, up 1.5%.   Total housing starts… Read More ›