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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 ›

Higher Lumber Costs Add More Than $35K to New Home Prices, $119 to Monthly Rent

According to NAHB’s latest estimates, rising softwood lumber prices over the last 12 months have added $35,872 to the price of an average new single-family home, and $12,966 to the market value of an average new multifamily home.  That increase in multifamily value translates to households paying $119 a month more to rent a new apartment. These estimates are based on the softwood lumber used… Read More ›

New Home Sales Jump in March on High Consumer Demand

New single-family home sales surged in March as housing demand was supported by low interest rates and strong consumer demand, despite the ongoing building materials challenges impacting the housing industry. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated sales of newly built, single-family homes in March at a 1.02 million seasonally adjusted annual pace,… Read More ›

How Builders Try to Deal with Rising Lumber Prices

As most industry observers know, softwood lumber prices have been extremely high and volatile over the past year.  During an unprecedented four-month surge in 2020 prices nearly doubled, reaching an all-time high in September.  Since then prices have continued to fluctuate, increasing recently to the point that they are now considerably higher than they were even at last September’s historic… Read More ›

Home Building Employment across States and Congressional Districts in 2019

According to the latest 2019 ACS, over 11 million people, including self-employed workers, worked in construction in 2019. NAHB Economics estimates that out of this total, 4.4 million people worked in residential construction, accounting for 2.8% of the US employed civilian labor force. Home building in Florida, Vermont and multiple states in the Mountain Division stand out for generating a… Read More ›

Housing Starts Spring Forward in March

Housing production jumped in March despite rising lumber and other material prices affecting the housing industry. Overall housing starts increased 19.4% percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million units, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This was the fastest pace for combined single-family and multifamily construction… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Edges Up as Strong Demand Offsets Supply-Side Challenges

Strong buyer demand pushed builder confidence up in April even as builders continued to grapple with rising lumber prices and supply chain issues and consumers faced higher home prices due to a lack inventory. 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 rose… Read More ›

Strong Single-Family Permit Gains in February

Over the first two months of 2021, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 164,901. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 16.6% increase over the February 2020 level of 141,467. Year-to-date ending in February, single-family permits showed increases in all four regions. The relatively more affordable Midwest reported the strongest increase of 24.0%, followed… Read More ›