• Housing Starts Spring Forward in March April 16, 2021
    Housing production jumped in March despite rising lumber and other material prices affecting the housing industry. Overall housing starts increased 19.4% percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million units, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This was the fastest pace for […]
    Robert Dietz
  • Builder Confidence Edges Up as Strong Demand Offsets Supply-Side Challenges April 15, 2021
    Strong buyer demand pushed builder confidence up in April even as builders continued to grapple with rising lumber prices and supply chain issues and consumers faced higher home prices due to a lack inventory. The latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows that builder confidence in the market for […]
    Robert Dietz
  • Strong Single-Family Permit Gains in February April 14, 2021
    Over the first two months of 2021, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 164,901. On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, this is a 16.6% increase over the February 2020 level of 141,467. Year-to-date ending in February, single-family permits showed increases in all four regions. The relatively more affordable Midwest reported the […]
    Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington
  • Headline Inflation Accelerates in March April 13, 2021
    Both headline inflation and core inflation accelerated in March as the economy reopens from the COVID-19 recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, after an increase of 0.4% in February. It marks the biggest increase since June 2009. […]
    Jing Fu
  • Minority Households Face Housing Affordability Challenges April 13, 2021
    New NAHB analysis on housing affordability based on race and ethnicity shows a wide disparity regarding the number of households that can afford a new median priced home. At the national level, the share Black households that are able to afford the new homes is substantially lower than the share of non-Hispanic white households. Only […]
    Na Zhao
  • Buyers Have Diverse Preferences for the Home’s Exterior Design April 12, 2021
    A new question introduced to the 2021 Edition of What Home Buyers Really Want* showed buyers pictures and descriptions of four exterior designs and asked for their preference. Results reveal that buyers have quite diverse preferences for the exterior style of their home, since none of the choices was preferred by anywhere near a majority […]
    Rose Quint
  • Building Materials Prices Rise Across the Board in March April 9, 2021
    Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose 2.4% in March (not seasonally adjusted) and have increased 9.8% over the past 12 months, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Building materials (i.e., inputs to residential construction less food and energy) prices have declined just twice […]
    David Logan
  • Remodeler Confidence Up Strongly Year over Year April 8, 2021
    Remodeler confidence was up strongly on a year-over-year basis, according to the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  In the first quarter of 2021, the RMI posted a reading of 86, up a full 38 points from the first quarter of 2020.  The large year-over-year increase signals […]
    Paul Emrath
  • Buyers Are Split on Multigenerational Homes April 7, 2021
    A multigenerational home is desirable to some buyers, but not to all. According to What Home Buyers Want, 2021 Edition*, buyers are evenly divided when it comes to the desire for a home designed to house the buyer as well as a younger generation and an older generation: 39% would prefer such a home, but […]
    Rose Quint
  • Construction Job Openings Fall Back in February April 6, 2021
    Job openings in construction declined in February to 266,000 unfilled positions, according to data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). Hiring appeared to gain steam in February, although this was perhaps just statistical noise for the monthly data. However, March payroll employment numbers indicate strength ahead for the JOLTS construction data. […]
    Robert Dietz