Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Multifamily Built-for-Rent Share: 96% of Starts

According to NAHB analysis of quarterly Census data, the market share of rental units of multifamily construction starts remained elevated at 96% during the first 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 ›

Custom Home Building: 1Q21 Data

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates custom home building continues to experience flat conditions amidst strong demand and rising material challenges. There were 36,000 total custom building starts during the first quarter of the year. While this marks a 22% gain from the first quarter of 2020, that comparison is affected… Read More ›

Gains for Single-Family Built-for-Rent Ahead?

Counter to expectations, the number of single-family homes built-for-rent (SFBFR) construction starts posted a year-over-year decline for the first quarter of 2021. The SFBFR market is a way to add single-family inventory amid concerns over housing affordability and downpayment requirements in the for-sale market, particularly during a period when people want more space and a single-family structure. Single-family built-for-rent construction… Read More ›

Growth for Townhouse Construction

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction continued at a strong pace in the first quarter of 2021. This followed the best quarter for townhouse construction in 2.5 years at the end of 2020. As housing demand has shifted to more suburban and exurban areas and housing affordability… Read More ›

Construction Cools as Costs Climb

Housing production declined in April due to rising prices and limited availability of lumber and other building materials. Overall housing starts decreased 9.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonetheless, the prior March pace (1.73 million annualized) was the… Read More ›

Construction Self-Employment Rates at Record Low

According to the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), 22% (2.4 million) of construction workers are self-employed. This is significantly higher than an economy-wide average of 9.7% of the employed labor force. Nevertheless, construction self-employment rates are now lowest on record, down from a record high of over 26% in 2010. One of the factors behind the recently falling construction self-employment… Read More ›

HMI: Building Materials Top Housing Concerns

Builder confidence held stable in May, despite growing concerns over the price and availability of most building materials, including lumber. The latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows that builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes is 83 in May, unchanged from April. Builder confidence in the market remains strong due… Read More ›

Strong Single-Family Permit Gains in March

Over the three months of 2021, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 276,110. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 25.3% increase over the March 2020 level of 220,416. Year-to-date ending in March, single-family permits reported increases in all four regions. The relatively more affordable Midwest reported the strongest increase of 40.0%, followed by… Read More ›

Jump for Open Construction Sector Jobs in March

Job openings in construction increased in March to 344,000 unfilled positions, according to data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). The housing market remains hot and requires additional labor, lots and lumber and building materials to add inventory. Overall, hiring in the construction sector increased in March, rising to a 6% rate. The peak rate of… Read More ›

Housing Share of GDP: 17.6% at Start of 2021

Thanks to a surge in residential investment during 2020, housing’s share of GDP has returned and remains near historic norms. Last year’s market conditions involved a renewed focus on the importance of home, an evolving geography of housing demand, and a lack of for-sale inventory. Housing should continue to expand in 2021. For the first quarter of 2021, overall GDP growth continued… Read More ›