Tag Archive for ‘housing economics’

Builders’ Profit Margins Fall as Balance Sheets Grow

The financial performance of any company is directly linked to the industry environment in which it operates.  Factors such as the number and size of its competitors, barriers to enter or exit, capital requirements, economies of scale, or the bargaining power of customers and suppliers all play a role in the potential profitability of a company.  Given this reality, one… Read More ›

Buyers Feeling Grim About Housing Affordability

Buyers’ expectations for housing affordability continue to sour.  In the first quarter of 2022, 81% said they could afford less than half the homes for-sale in their markets – the highest share since before the pandemic.  At its lowest point in the 4th quarter of 2020, 63% of buyers expected to afford <50% of the homes available.  On the other… Read More ›

High Building Materials Prices Erode Preference for New Construction

Preference for newly constructed homes skyrocketed in 2020, as buyers looked for homes with more square footage and amenities in which to work remotely, school children, exercise, etc.  By the fourth quarter of 2020, 42% of prospective buyers preferred new construction.  Since then, however, rising new home prices (driven by a 31% increase in the cost of building materials) have… Read More ›

Housing Demand Is Softening

The share of adults planning a home purchase within a year fell for a third straight quarter in the first three months of 2022, down to 13%.  The last time fewer American adults intended to buy a home was in the second quarter of 2020 (11%).  The decline is evidence that the COVID-induced boost to housing demand is past its… Read More ›

Soaring Construction Costs Drop Housing Affordability to Lowest Level in a Decade

Supply-chain bottlenecks that put upward pressure on home prices along with rising interest rates contributed to housing affordability falling to a 10-year low.  The likelihood of higher interest rates in the months ahead (as the Federal Reserve moves to tighten interest rates) along with ongoing production challenges threaten to drive housing affordability even lower in 2022. According to the National… Read More ›

Once Again, High Home Prices Are to Blame

An earlier post revealed that 67% of buyers who were actively engaged in the process of finding a home in the final quarter of 2021 have spent 3+ months searching for a home without success. The inability to find a home they could afford once again became the most common reason (41%) these long-time searchers could not buy a home. … Read More ›