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  • 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 ›

  • Pyramid Shows 36 Million Households Cannot Afford a $150,000 Home

    As described in a previous post, NAHB’s recently released its 2022 Priced-Out Estimates, showing that 87.5 million households are not able to afford a median priced new home, and that an additional 117,932 would be priced out if the price goes up by $1,000. A second post showed the households priced out by higher interest rates. This post focuses on… Read More ›

  • Households Priced Out by Higher Interest Rates

    New NAHB 2022 Priced-Out Estimates showed that 87.5 million households are not able to afford a median priced new home, and that additional 117,932 households would be priced out of the new home market if the price goes up by $1,000. This post presents how interest rates affect the number of households that would be priced out of the new… Read More ›

  • January Private Residential Spending Up 1.3%

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 1.3% in January after an increase of 2.2% in December 2021. Spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $829.4 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 13.4% higher than a year ago. These monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending… Read More ›