RSS Eye On Housing

  • Northeast Region Posts Growth in Single-Family Permits in August
    Over the first eight months of 2019, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 576,798. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 3.7% decline over the August 2018 level of 599,117. Year-to-date ending in August, single-family permits reported declines in three out of the four regions. Northeast was the only […]
  • Framing Methods for Single-Family Homes: 2018
    Wood framing remains the most dominant construction method for single-family homes in the U.S., according to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau data. For 2018 completions, 93% of new homes were wood-framed. Another 7% were concrete homes, and less than half a percent were steel-framed. These shares have remained fairly stable over the last five years. […]
  • Real Rent Index Edges Up in September
    In September, NAHB’s Real Rent Index increased 0.2 percent over August’s reading, after essentially no growth between June and August (Figure 1). Over the first nine months of 2019, the average monthly growth rate of the Real Rent Index was 0.13%, slightly higher than the average of 0.11% in 2018. NAHB constructs a “real” rent […]
  • Consumer Prices Were Unchanged in September
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, after a 0.1% increase in August. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the “core” CPI increased by 0.1% in September, following a 0.3% increase for three straight months (June, July and August). […]
  • Construction Job Openings Steady
    Data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) indicate that construction job openings increased in August. The estimated number of job openings in the construction sector increased to 379,000 after reaching a post-Great Recession high of 434,000 in April. The August 2019 count of unfilled jobs represents a year-over-year gain relative to the […]
  • Highest Paid Occupations in Construction in 2018
    According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey data and analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $47,290 and the top 25% make at least $66,290. In comparison, the U.S. median wage is $38,640, while the top quartile (top […]
  • Year-to-Date Price Growth of Building Materials is Slowest in Years
    Prices paid for goods used in residential construction decreased by 0.3% in September (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials prices have declined an average of 0.1% per month over the last 12 months, and the price of goods used in residential […]
  • Nonrevolving Debt Surges
    The Federal Reserve’s latest G.19 Consumer Credit Report shows rising trends in consumer credit, excluding loans secured by real estate, through August 2019. In August, consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.3 percent from the previous month, with revolving debt1 decreasing by 2.2% and nonrevolving debt2 increasing by 7.8%. Consumer credit […]
  • Top Community Features Wanted by Millennials Home Buyers
    A park area is the top community feature wanted by Millennial home buyers (71 percent), according to an NAHB report, What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 edition) (Figure 1, hover over bars for total shares). The report is based on a survey asking prospective and recent home buyers about the features they want in a […]
  • Single-Family Starts Growth Slowed in Six Divisions
    According to NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC), nationally, there were 881,076 new single-family units started in 2018, 4% higher than the units started in 2017. It was the double of the units started in 2011, and still 49% less than the peak of 2007 (1,731,171 units). Among all the nine Census divisions, […]
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