Tag Archive for ‘starts’

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 ›

Multifamily Production Rate Hits 4.5-Year High

In December, the (seasonally adjusted) annual rate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments increased by 23 percent from the revised figure for November, to 330,000.  The November figure was revised down substantially, but the big news is that the rate of multifamily production continues to climb, even after the large improvements it made in September and October of 2012—to the point where,… Read More ›

Apartment Production Stable at 4-Year High

In November, the (seasonally adjusted) annual rate of starts in buildings with five or more apartments was 285,000, according to the latest  release from the Census Bureau’s Manufacturing and Construction Division.   In the release this shows up as a 4,000 increase from October, but the five-plus starts rate for October was revised downward by 4,000; so the preliminary rate for November… Read More ›

Housing Production Takes a Breather

Housing starts fell 3% in November but from an elevated level in September and October. Single-family starts declined 4.1% also adjusting from what may have been a momentary surge in September and October as builders try to restock very low inventory levels. The interpretation is further supported by a 3.6% rise in permits, an indicator of future construction activity.  … Read More ›

Confidence in Multifamily Production Mostly Up in the Third Quarter, with Some Weakness in Low-Rent

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), remained fairly steady in the third quarter of 2012 at 52—the third straight quarter the index has been over 50. The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about conditions for apartment and condominium construction, and is are scaled so that any number over 50 means more… Read More ›

Production of New Apartments: Upward Trend Continues

In October, the previous month’s upward trend in multifamily production continued, as starts in buildings with five or more apartments came in at a (seasonally adjusted annual) rate of 285,000.  Although the line isn’t completely solid, buildings with at least five apartments are generally a reasonable way to draw a distinction between smaller “mom and pop” operations and  the province… Read More ›