Tag Archive for ‘single-family’

Operation Costs per Dollar Value Lower for New Homes

New NAHB research based on the latest 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS) shows that, on average, homeowners spend around $9,240 per year to operate and maintain a single-family detached home. This includes property taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities, with property taxes being the costliest component. Annual operating costs increase consistently with household income, home size and value. When measured as… Read More ›

Single-Family Starts Level Off in November

Single-family starts leveled off in November, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. Single-family construction is up 10.1% year-to-date, with notable gains in 2020 for the Midwest, parts of the West and other lower-density markets. The pace of single-family starts in November was the highest production rate since the spring of… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Down from Record High, Still Strong

Ending a string of three successive months of record highs, builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell four points to 86 in December, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Despite the decline, December is still the second-highest reading in the history of the series after last month’s 90. Housing demand is strong… Read More ›

Solid Gains for October Single-Family Permits

Over the first ten months of 2020, total single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 808,301. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is an 11.1% increase over the October 2019 level of 727,301. Year-to-date ending in October, single-family permits across the four regions ranged from an increase of 13.3% in the South to an increase of 7.0% in the Northeast…. Read More ›

Custom Home Building Annual Share

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), the custom home share increased to 20.2 percent of all single-family homes started in 2019. Contractor-built or owner-built houses – that together make up the custom home market – are built one at a time for owner occupancy on owner’s land with either the owner or a builder acting… Read More ›

Community Associations in New Homes Started

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), 62.0 percent of all homes started in 2019 were built within a community or homeowner’s association. A total of 545,000 homes with community associations were started in 2019, compared to 543,000 in 2018. The Census Bureau defines community or homeowner’s associations as “formal legal entities created to maintain common… Read More ›

Sale and Contract Prices per Square Foot in 2019

According to NAHB’s analysis of the 2019 Survey of Construction data, the highest median square foot sale and contract prices are registered in the West and Northeast. The most economical custom and for-sale homes are started in the South region, where the median contract and sale prices per square foot are consistently below the national medians. Looking at single-family for-sale… Read More ›

New Home Inventory at a Three and Half Year Low

After a surge in the pace of new home sales in July and August, the monthly growth rate of newly built single-family home slowed during the Fall. While the level of sales remains elevated and at post-Great Recession highs, sales have exceeded construction starts by a historic margin at the end of the summer. This necessitated an increase in starts… Read More ›

Townhouse Construction Decline Continues

According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design, townhouse construction declined during the third quarter. As housing demand has shifted to more suburban and exurban areas and housing affordability headwinds persist, medium-density construction has lagged. During the third quarter of 2020, single-family attached starts totaled 31,000, which was 3% lower than the… Read More ›