Tag Archive for ‘home building’

Domestic Sawmill Output Not Keeping Up with Construction

The historic climb for lumber prices, combined with delays and higher costs for other building materials, is a significant limiting factor for home building in 2021. Despite a historically low level of overall housing inventory and solid demand due to low mortgage interest rates and demographics, new construction has been unable to add additional needed supply to the market, resulting… Read More ›

New Home Sales Decline Due to Higher Costs

After a significant downward revision for the preliminary March data, April recorded a decline of 5.9% for sales of newly-constructed single family homes, according to estimates from the Census Bureau and HUD. The April seasonally adjusted annual rate (863k) was the lowest since June 2020, with the exception of a weather-influenced February report. Residential demand continues to be supported by… Read More ›

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 ›