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  • Private Residential Spending Inches Up in May

    NAHB analysis of the Census Construction Spending data shows that private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $938.2 billion in May. It was 0.2% up over the upwardly revised April estimates of $935.9 billion. On a year-over-year basis, total private construction spending was 19% higher. These monthly gains are largely attributed to the growth… Read More ›

  • One in Three Workers in Construction Is Hispanic

    Hispanics are an important source of labor in the U.S. construction industry, where skilled labor shortage is a long-term issue. One in three workers in the US construction industry is Hispanic. The latest labor force statistics from the 2021 Current Population Survey show that Non-Hispanic Whites account for the majority of workers in the construction industry (59%).Hispanics make up close… Read More ›

  • The Aging Housing Stock

    The median age of owner-occupied homes is 39 years, according to the latest data from the 2019 American Community Survey. Compared to a median age of 31 years in 2005, the U.S. owner-occupied housing stock is aging gradually. The residential construction continues to fall behind in the number of new homes built especially after the Great Recession. This aging housing… Read More ›

  • April Gains for Private Residential Spending

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 0.9% in April after an increase of 0.7% in March 2022. Spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $891.5 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 18.4% higher than a year ago. These monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending… Read More ›

  • The Nation’s Stock of Second Homes

    According to NAHB estimates, the total count of second homes was 7.15 million in 2020, accounting for 5.11% of the total housing stock. This represents the most recent data available. As of 2020, the state with the largest stock of second homes was Florida (1.04 million), accounting for 10.8% of all second homes. South Dakota had the smallest stock, approximately… Read More ›

  • March Gains in Private Residential Construction Spending

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 1% in March after an increase of 0.7% in February. Spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $882 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 18.4% higher than a year ago. These monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending on… Read More ›

  • March Gains in Personal Income

    The most recent data release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) showed that personal income increased 0.5% in March after a 0.7% gain in February. Gains in personal income are largely driven by increases in compensation of employees. However, it was 11.6% lower than a year ago when US government implemented stimulus packages to cope with COVID-19 crisis.  Real… Read More ›

  • Homeownership Rate Stable at 65.4%

    The Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (CPS/HVS) reported the U.S. homeownership rate at 65.4% in the first quarter of 2022, which is statistically unchanged from the last quarter reading. The national homeowner vacancy rate slipped to a record low of 0.8%, while the rental vacancy rate increased to 5.8%. The covid-induced data collection restrictions have ended in all areas as… Read More ›

  • Student Housing Investment Recovering from the Pandemic

    Private fixed investment in dormitories stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of $3.08 billion in the last quarter of 2021, according to the data released by Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Student housing investment was 2.9% higher over the third quarter of 2021. However, private fixed investment in dorms was 20% below the last quarter of 2020 and 32%… Read More ›

  • Residential Construction Spending Trends Upward in February

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 1.1% in February after an increase of 1.1% in January. Spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $850.6 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 16.6% higher than a year ago. These monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending on… Read More ›