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Market Share for Modular and Other Non-Site Built Housing in 2022

The total market share of non-site built single-family homes (modular and panelized) was just 2% of single-family homes in 2022, according to completion data from the Census Bureau Survey of Construction data and NAHB analysis. This share has been steadily declining since the early-2000s despite the high-level of interest for non-site built construction. This low market share in fact runs… Read More ›

One More Fed Rate Hike in 2023?

The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee held the federal funds rate at a top target rate of 5.5% at the conclusion of its September meeting. The Fed will also continue to reduce its balance sheet holdings of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities as part of quantitative tightening. These actions are intended to slow the economy and bring inflation back to 2%…. Read More ›

Housing Starts Lower on Rising Mortgage Rates

Higher mortgage rates averaging above 7% put a damper on single-family production in August, as builders also continue to face supply-side challenges in the form of elevated construction costs, a lack of skilled labor and a shortage of buildable lots. Led by a sharp decline in multifamily production, overall housing starts declined 11.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of… Read More ›

Single-Family Permits Decline in July 2023

Over the first seven months of 2023, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 527,158. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is 18.4% below the July 2022 level of 645,877. Year-to-date ending in July, single-family permits declined in all four regions. The Northeast posted the lowest decline of 12.1%, while the West region reported the steepest… Read More ›

Large Metro Markets Show Biggest Slowdown in Single-Family Construction

Rising mortgage rates and elevated construction costs have taken a toll on the pace of single-family construction in markets across the nation, with the slowdown most pronounced in large metro areas. Multifamily market growth also fell in most areas of the country, according to the latest findings from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Building Geography Index (HBGI)… Read More ›

Multifamily Absorption Rates Move Higher

Data from the Census Bureau’s latest Survey of Market Absorptions of New Multifamily Units (SOMA) indicates that demand for newly completed multifamily units remains solid as mortgage rates continue to climb. Only an estimated 39% of the 82,310 unfurnished apartment units completed in the first quarter of 2023 are available for rent three months past construction completion. For condominiums, an… Read More ›

Missing Middle Construction Weakens

The missing middle construction sector includes development of medium-density housing, such as townhouses, duplexes and other small multifamily properties. The multifamily segment of the missing middle (apartments in 2- to 4-unit properties) has disappointed since the Great Recession. For the second quarter of 2023, there were just 3,000 2- to 4-unit housing unit construction starts. This is down from a year prior…. Read More ›

New High Share for Multifamily Built-for-Rent

According to NAHB analysis of quarterly Census data, the count of multifamily, for-rent housing starts remained elevated during the second quarter of 2023. For the second quarter, 138,000 multifamily residences started construction. Of this total, 135,000 were built-for-rent. The market share of rental units of multifamily construction starts reached an all-time high of almost 98% for the second quarter as… Read More ›

Multifamily Developer Confidence in Positive Territory for Second Quarter

Confidence in the market for new multifamily housing was in positive territory for the second quarter, according to results from the Multifamily Market Survey (MMS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  The MMS produces two separate indices. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) had a reading of 56 for the first quarter while the Multifamily Occupancy Index… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Edge Higher in July but Rising Rate Concerns Persist

A lack of existing inventory and solid demand for housing helped offset rising mortgage rates and push single-family production higher in July, even as builders continue to grapple with elevated construction and financing costs as well as a lack of skilled labor. Overall housing starts increased 3.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.45 million units, according to a… Read More ›