Strong Showing for 55+ Housing Market

Filed in 55+ Housing, Councils & Committees, Economics by on November 3, 2016 2 Comments
Riviera Walk, a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, gated community, was honored as the Best 55+ For-Sale Community in the 2015 NAHB Best of 55+ Housing Awards.

Riviera Walk, a gated community in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was honored as the Best 55+ For-Sale Community in the 2015 NAHB Best of 55+ Housing Awards.

Builders report that the single-family 55+ housing market is holding strong in the third quarter, according to the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index had a reading of 59, up two points from the previous quarter and the 10th consecutive quarter with a reading above 50.

“Builders and developers tell us that business is solid right now and they expect that trend to continue through the rest of the year,” said Jim Chapman, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of Jim Chapman Communities in Atlanta.

There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). An index number above 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

Two of the three index components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted an increase from the previous quarter: Present sales increased two points to 63, and traffic of prospective buyers rose five points to 47. Meanwhile, expected sales for the next six months dropped four points to 65.

The 55+ multifamily condo HMI rose one point to 48. The index component for present sales increased two points to 51, expected sales for the next six months fell three points to 51, and traffic of prospective buyers remained even at 38.

All four indices tracking production and demand of 55+ multifamily rentals decreased in the third quarter. Present production fell three points to 48, expected future production decreased seven points to 49, current demand for existing units dropped nine points to 59, and future demand fell eight points to 59.

“The 55+ housing market continues on a steady path toward recovery, much like the overall housing market,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Older home owners are able to take advantage of low mortgage rates and rising home prices, enabling them to sell their current homes and buy or rent a home in a 55+ community.”

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  1. scott fulton says:

    I’d be interested to understand the level of ADA compliance in 55+ projects around the country. We have a number of 55+ builder communities created in our area, but none (that I’m aware of to date) include ADA features, unless specifically requested by the buyer. This involves in a significant uncharge, since it is not standard, and relies on the first buyer to make the conscious choice.
    Alternatively, I’d expect if ADA were part of the original plan, the cost difference would be far less, and provide more sustained value and equity for the home buyer.
    Sure seems that builder here have been very short sighted, but perhaps that’s not indicative of builders elsewhere?
    Scott Fulton

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