Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Consumer Credit Expands, but HELOCs Continue Their Decline

Household debt outstanding rose for the first time in two years. According to data released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, household debt grew by $31.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. The quarter-on-quarter not seasonally adjusted growth in household debt reflected an expansion in outstanding mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, and student loans. In the fourth… Read More ›

Fed Beige Book: Economic Activity Continues to Expand

Anecdotal evidence collected by the Federal Reserve Board’s Summary of Current Conditions, commonly known as the Beige Book, continues to indicate “moderate” economic growth. In its most recent iteration, 10 of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts reported that economic activity in their Districts had expanded at a “moderate” or “modest” pace since the previous Beige Book. The Boston and Chicago… Read More ›

Lingering Problems with AD&C Credit=Shortage of Lots for Builders

A recent blog showed that, after many quarters of persistent and often extreme tightening, availability of credit for land acquistion, development and construction (AD&C) eased slightly at the end of 2012. However, most of the improvement was in the availability of loans for single-family construction.  For land acquisition and development, NAHB members were closer to evenly split on whether credit conditions had… Read More ›

Lingering Problems with AD&C Credit=Shortage of Lots for Builders

A recent blog showed that, after many quarters of persistent and often extreme tightening, availability of credit for land acquistion, development and construction (AD&C) eased slightly at the end of 2012. However, most of the improvement was in the availability of loans for single-family construction.  For land acquisition and development, NAHB members were closer to evenly split on whether credit conditions had… Read More ›

IT Widely Used by Builders and Remodelers, But Not to Interact with Customers

The most common types of information technology used in the residential construction industry are smart phones, desktop computers, and laptops, according to recent NAHB surveys.  In separate surveys of single-family builders and remodelers, at least 70 percent of those responding reported using each of these devices (over 80 percent, for smart phones and desktops). Next comes a group of devices… Read More ›

Residential Construction Spending Flat in January

Private residential construction spending was relatively unchanged for the first month of 2013 due to declines in the volatile remodeling spending category. Nonetheless, total residential construction spending remains near post-2009 highs and has experienced growth in 15 of the last 17 months according to data from the Census Bureau. Spending on new single-family homes continued to expand, rising 3.6% over December’s… Read More ›

NAHB Survey on AD&C Lending for the 4th Quarter

Builders and developers continue to report that credit for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) is improving slightly, according to NAHB’s survey on AD&C financing.  In the fourth quarter of 2012, the overall net tightening index based on the AD&C survey was -4.5, which was little changed from the third quarter.  The index is constructed so negative numbers indicate easing of credit;… Read More ›

NAHB Survey on AD&C Lending for the 4th Quarter

Builders and developers continue to report that credit for acquisition, development, and construction (AD&C) is improving slightly, according to NAHB’s survey on AD&C financing.  In the fourth quarter of 2012, the overall net tightening index based on the AD&C survey was -4.5, which was little changed from the third quarter.  The index is constructed so negative numbers indicate easing of credit;… Read More ›

Measures of Consumer Confidence Indicate Widespread Improvement

February saw broad growth in consumers’ confidence. After mixed signals in January, both indicators of consumer confidence rose in the second month of the new year. Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan reported that its final estimate of consumer confidence, Consumer Sentiment, rose by 5.1% on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis in February to 77.6. The final reading was… Read More ›

AD&C Lending in the 4th Quarter of 2012

One factor holding back an even stronger rebound in home construction is the lack of accessible Acquisition, Development and Construction (AD&C) loans. While it appears the period of dramatic declines of the outstanding stock of AD&C loans ended in 2012, there has not yet been a robust expansion of lending consistent with current demand for home building.  According to data from the FDIC, the outstanding stock of… Read More ›