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  • NAHB 2022 “Priced Out” Estimates

    NAHB recently released its 2022 priced out estimates, showing how higher prices and interest rates affect housing affordability. The new estimates show that 87.5 million households (roughly 69 percent of all U.S. households) are not able to afford a new median priced new home in 2022, meaning their incomes are insufficient to qualify for a mortgage under standard underwriting criteria. … Read More ›

  • Homeownership Rate at 65.5% for Final Quarter 2021

    The Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (CPS/HVS) reported the U.S. homeownership rate at 65.5% in the last quarter of 2021. In contrast to some data reporting in 2020 and earlier 2021, the last quarter of 2021 data collection was not affected by the pandemic, as in-person interview returned in all areas. The national homeowner vacancy rate stayed at a record… Read More ›

  • December Gains for Private Residential Spending

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 1.1% in December after an increase of 0.7% in November 2021. Spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $810.3 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 15.0% higher than a year ago. These monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending… Read More ›

  • 2020 ACS Experimental Data: A Note for Home Building Researchers

    Researchers in the home building industry should be aware that the Census Bureau released experimental estimates from the 1-year ACS data for 2020 instead of the standard 1-year 2020 estimates. This change is due to the disruption of data collection operations by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, affecting the quality of these estimates. The Census Bureau developed a  new weighting… Read More ›

  • Private Residential Spending Rises in November 2021

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 0.9% in November after a decrease of 0.2% in October 2021. It stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $796.3 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 16.3% higher than a year ago. These monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending… Read More ›

  • Private Residential Spending Dips for Second Month

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $774.9 billion, down 0.5% from the upwardly revised September estimates. Total private residential construction spending was 16.7% higher than a year ago. Spending on single-family, multifamily constructions and improvements all declined in October, as homebuilding is still facing… Read More ›

  • Third Quarter of 2021 Homeownership Rate at 65.4%

    The Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey (CPS/HVS) reported the U.S. homeownership rate was flat at 65.4% in the third quarter of 2021. Compared to prior reports, the data was affected less significantly by the pandemic, since in-person interviews were back in 99.5% of the sample. The national homeowner vacancy rate stayed at a record low of 0.9%, while the rental… Read More ›

  • Private Residential Spending Dips in September

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending decreased 0.4% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $773.5 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 19.3% higher than a year ago. Spending on single-family, multifamily constructions and improvements all declined in September, as homebuilding is still facing the supply chain issues, the… Read More ›

  • Personal Income Declined 1% in September

    The most recent data release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) showed that personal income slumped 1% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $20,490 billion. This decrease in personal income was largely due to declines in the government social benefits, including economic impact payments and the pandemic unemployment compensation. It largely offset the increase in… Read More ›

  • Private Residential Spending Keeps Rising in August

    NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 0.4% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $786.6 billion. Total private residential construction spending was 24.3% higher than a year ago. The monthly gains are attributed to the strong growth of spending on improvements, while spending on single-family and multifamily constructions slipped…. Read More ›