Tag Archive for ‘economics’

Custom Home Building Share Declines

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), the custom home share decreased to 17.8 percent of all single-family homes started in 2020—the lowest the annual custom home share has been since the 2005 re-design of the SOC.  The custom home market consists of contractor-built and owner-built houses—homes built one at a time for owner occupancy on… Read More ›

Two-Thirds of Homes Started in 2020 are in Community Associations

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), 67.1 percent of single-family homes started in 2020 were built within a community or homeowner’s association. This is a record high for the association percentage since the re-design of the SOC in 2009. The Census Bureau defines community or homeowner’s associations as “formal legal entities created to maintain common… Read More ›

July Construction Job Openings

In the July labor market data, job openings for the overall economy increased to 10.9 million open positions. What had been a challenge in certain sectors, like construction, continues as a broad labor access issue as businesses seek workers as the economy reopens. The count of open construction jobs weakened in July to 321,000 unfilled positions, according to data from… Read More ›

Share of New Homes with Porches Back Over 65 Percent

Of the roughly 990,000 single-family homes started in 2020, 65.3 percent came with porches, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau with partial funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development). This marks the third time the share of single-family homes with porches has broken above the 65 percent barrier.  The… Read More ›

Rates Continue to Decline on Most Types of AD&C Loans

In the second quarter of 2021, interest rates on three of the four categories of loans tracked in NAHB’s Survey on Acquisition, Development & Construction (AD&C) Financing continued the downward trend that has prevailed since the third quarter of last year.  The average effective rate (based on  rate of return to the lender over the assumed life of the loan… Read More ›

New Home Sales Steady in July

As the market has cooled due to higher costs, July recorded a slight gain of 1% for sales of newly-constructed single family homes, according to estimates from the Census Bureau and HUD. The July seasonally adjusted annual rate (708K) was 27% lower than a year ago, due to builders slowing sales as a consequence of higher material and other costs… Read More ›

Rebound for Multifamily Starts

According to NAHB analysis of quarterly Census data, the market share of rental units of multifamily construction starts remained elevated at 95.2% during the second quarter of 2021. In contrast, the historical low share of 47% was set during the third quarter of 2005, during the condo building boom. An average share of 80% was registered during the 1980-2002 period…. Read More ›

Employment Situation in July: State-Level Analysis

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 47 states and the District of Columbia in July compared to the previous month while three states (Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Tennessee) lost jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 943,000 in July, following an upwardly revised increase of 938,000 jobs in June. On a month-over-month basis, employment… Read More ›

New Single-Family Home Size is Rising

An expected impact of the virus crisis is a need for more residential space, as people use homes for more purposes including work. Recent data confirms this impact on the market is occurring. According to second quarter 2021 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area increased to… Read More ›