Tag: Eye on Housing

Fed Hints at Wait-and-See Approach to 2019 Interest Rates

Filed in Economics by on December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Fed Hints at Wait-and-See Approach to 2019 Interest Rates

Federal Reserve officials recently signaled a more data-dependent approach to monetary policy in 2019. NAHB economists forecast a more dovish path for the federal funds rate than many others had predicted earlier this year.

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Entry-Level Homes Push Down New Home Size

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Housing Trends by on November 27, 2018 4 Comments
Entry-Level Homes Push Down New Home Size

The size of new single-family homes once again decreased during the third quarter of 2018. New home size has been falling over the last three years as builders add more entry-level home construction into inventory.

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Housing Starts Rise in August Amid Ongoing Affordability Concerns

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Multifamily by on September 19, 2018 0 Comments
Housing Starts Rise in August Amid Ongoing Affordability Concerns

Total housing starts increased 9.2% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Commerce Department.

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Shortage of Rough Carpenters Climbs to Record High

Filed in Economics, Labor, Safety and Health by on September 17, 2018 18 Comments
Shortage of Rough Carpenters Climbs to Record High

Widespread shortages continue to restrain the pace of construction, further driving up construction costs, which largely — for the moment — are being absorbed by the home buyer.

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More Builders’ Profits Taking a Hit from Labor Shortages

More Builders’ Profits Taking a Hit from Labor Shortages

While the increasing cost of labor is resulting in higher home prices for buyers, a growing number of builders are also feeling the pinch.

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Flat Conditions for Some Housing Sectors, but Not All

Filed in Economics by on August 31, 2018 0 Comments
Flat Conditions for Some Housing Sectors, but Not All

Market demand remains healthy, with starts up more than 6% thus far in 2018 on a year-to-date basis. And this positive trend is expected to continue.

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Most U.S. Homes Built Before the Reagan Administration

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on August 17, 2018 1 Comment
Most U.S. Homes Built Before the Reagan Administration

As the median age of Americans continues to rise, so too does the age of the nation’s housing stock. Census data reveal the median age of owner-occupied housing has increased to 37 years old.

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West Leads Permits Growth; Northeast, Midwest See Declines

Filed in Economics by on August 6, 2018 3 Comments
West Leads Permits Growth; Northeast, Midwest See Declines

The number of single-family permits issued in the first six months of 2018 was 444,600, a 6.3% increase over where the nation was at the end of June 2017, when permits totaled 418,128.

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Supply Constraints Hinder Sales and Affordability

Filed in Business Management, Economics by on August 3, 2018 4 Comments
Supply Constraints Hinder Sales and Affordability

A dearth of inventory has resulted in price growth, making prospective home buyers more cautious about a potential purchase.

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2.4 Million Millennial-led Households are Missing

Filed in Economics by on July 13, 2018 9 Comments
2.4 Million Millennial-led Households are Missing

Just 40% of young adults led their own household in 2016, and that number has been dropping steadily since 2000 (46%). While all age groups recorded continuous declines of headship rates between 2000 and 2016, none saw a faster drop than the 25-to-34 year olds.

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