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New Homes Have Gotten Pricier

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New Homes Have Gotten Pricier
Article by Daily Real Estate News | April 5, 2017

HomeConstruction500wOver the last 10 years, the price distribution of new homes has changed significantly, as new homes have grown more expensive. Builders blame a weakness among first-time buyers and rising regulatory burdens as the reason for the shift in focus in the pricier tiers of the new-home sector following the Great Recession.

The number of new homes that sold for less than $250,000 started to decline prior to the Great Recession. Sales in this segment have not returned to levels set in 2006, particularly for homes with prices below $149,000, according to an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders, detailed on its Eye on Housing blog.

Indeed, new homes that sold for $150,000 to $199,999 and those that sold for $200,000 to $249,000 dropped to a low during the recession. They have been on a slow, recovering pace ever since, the NAHB notes.

The main drivers in the new-home market are homes that sold above $250,000. New homes priced between $300,000 and $399,000 had the highest volume prior to the Great Recession and have been the fastest to recover since then, the NAHB notes.

Source: “New Home Sales Price History,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (April 4, 2017); National Association of REALTORS®, Daily Real Estate News 040517

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New Single-Family Homes Are Getting Smaller

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New Single-Family Homes Are Getting Smaller
Article by Daily Real Estate News | August 17, 2016

NAHB-LogoThe average size of new single-family homes is dropping, reversing an upsizing trend in residential construction. Builders say this is happening because their industry is taking more interest in the entry-level market and not just catering to the luxury sector any longer. A growth in townhomes, which are typically smaller than traditional homes, is part of the reason for the decreased size, builders say.

The median single-family square floor area dropped from 2,465 in the first quarter to 2,392 square feet in the second quarter, according U.S. Census data. The average square footage for new single-family homes dropped slightly from 2,658 to 2,616 square feet.

The builder’s trade group says home sizes are following a pattern for what typically occurs during and after a recession. “New-home size falls prior to and during a recession as some home buyers tighten budgets, and then sizes rise as high-end home buyers, who face fewer credit constraints, return to the housing market in relatively greater proportion,” Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, notes at the group’s Eye on Housing blog. “This pattern was exacerbated during the current business cycle due to market weakness among first-time homebuyers. But the recent small declines in size indicate that this part of the cycle has ended and size should trend lower as builders add more entry-level homes into inventory.”

Source: “New Single-Family Home Size Declining,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Aug. 16, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 081716

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More New Homes Are Entering the Pipeline

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More New Homes Are Entering the Pipeline
Article by Daily Real Estate News | May 18, 2016

NAHB-LogoNationwide housing starts climbed 6.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million, according to Commerce Department data released Tuesday. Permits, a gauge of future construction, also jumped 3.6 percent month over month, showing the uptick will likely stay.

“Though housing construction data is relatively flat for the beginning of 2016, we anticipate a ramping up of housing production during the rest of the year, given a strengthening job market, low mortgage interest rates, and favorable demographics,” says Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders.

Single-family and multifamily starts both saw gains in April. Housing starts on single-family homes jumped 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 778,000 units. Multifamily starts, a more volatile sector, rose 13.9 percent to 394,000 units, the Commerce Department reported.

The bulk of the increase in single- and multifamily housing stats was in the Midwest and South. The Midwest saw a 22.2 percent month-over-month increase in housing starts, while the South saw a 14.1 percent boost. On the other hand, the Northeast saw starts drop 7.6 percent last month, while the West posted a 10 percent loss.

Housing permits, however, were up in all four regions in April, led by the largest gains in the West with a 4.7 percent month-over-month permit gain. The Midwest and South both registered 3.3 percent increases in permit issuance, and the Northeast saw a 3 percent increase.

Source: National Association of Home Builders; REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 051816

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How Did Housing Really Do in 2015?

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How Did Housing Really Do in 2015?
Article by Daily Real Estate News | January 08, 2016

HouseForSaleThe housing market improved in 2015, but how close is it to finally being back to normal? Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com®, weighs in on how the housing market fared last year.

Existing home sales: Existing-home sales were up 7 percent in 2015, buoyed by strong household formation (at about 1.4 million households formed in the past four quarters ending in September) and strong job growth. Distressed sales fell in 2015, as did sales to investors, international buyers, and second-home buyers, Smoke notes.

Home prices: Home prices edged up 5 percent to 7 percent nationwide in 2015. “Such appreciation helped owners see substantial gains in equity,” Smoke writes. “Home values are close to being fully recovered nationally.”

But the level of price appreciation is above a normal rate, mostly due to an imbalance in the number of homes for-sale and high demand.

New-home construction: New-home sales were up 13 percent in 2015. Most of the growth in new-home construction in 2015, however, was centered in apartment building rather than single-family homes.

“Even with more than 20% growth in total new construction, we will have created only a net new 900,000 housing units, which is less than 65 percent of the new households we created,” Smoke notes.

Rental market: Many of the new households forming are renters. Apartment vacancies are at multi-year lows, and rents are rising sharply. That is worrisome, Smoke says, because “when renting households are so burdened by making rent payments, they’re less able to save up to own.”

Nevertheless, affordability, overall, remained strong by the end of 2015, despite the higher home prices.

“Looking across the national housing landscape, the housing market has stronger fundamentals now than one year ago,” Smoke says. “However, we need new construction to keep up with the household formations driven by demographics and healthy job creation. We need more affordable housing to decrease the impact of burdensome rents. And we need expanded, risk-appropriate access to credit to help households that can afford to buy.”

Source: “The Housing State of the Union: We’re Back, Baby!” realtor.com® (Jan. 7, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 010816

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Job Growth to Finally Boost Homebuilding?

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Job Growth to Finally Boost Homebuilding?
Article by Daily Real Estate News | December 14, 2015

HouseConstructionThe construction industry is poised for one of the largest leaps in employment growth over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The construction sector is expected to add 790,400 jobs through 2024 – the fourth highest job growth projection among major industries, according to BLS.

The health and social assistance sector leads with a projected 3.8 million job gain, followed by professional and business services (1.9 million), and the leisure and hospitality sector (941,200).

“In percentage terms, the construction sector ranks second in terms of expected growth,” the National Association of Home Builders reports on the findings. “The construction industry is expected to experience 1.2 percent compounded annual growth for jobs over 2014-2024. Only the health and social assistance industry (1.9%) exceeds this growth rate.”

However, even with the uptick, employment in the construction sector still would not be pushed above 2004 levels. From 2004 to 2014, about 837,800 construction jobs were lost on a net basis.

Within the construction occupation, some of the top-growing jobs expected overt he next decade include solar photovoltaic installers (24.3% total growth over 10 years), iron/rebar workers (23.4%), insulation workers (19.4%), brickmasons and blockmasons (17.9%), electricians (13.7%), and earth drillers (13.6%).

BLS also offers projections on other real estate-related occupations over the 2014-2024 period, including forecasts of a net job growth of 349,800 (6.2%) for building and grounds maintenance occupations; 25,300 (8.1%) for property and real estate managers; 9,000 (6.7%) for architects; 2,200 (3.8%) for interior designers and 10,900 (2.6%) for real estate brokers and sales agents.

Source: “Construction Sector a Leader for Job Growth Over the Next Decade,” National Association of Home Builder’s Eye on Housing Blog (Dec. 8, 2015); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 121415

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NAHB Reports New Home Sales Rise 10.7 Percent in October

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NAHB Reports New Home Sales Rise 10.7 Percent in October
Article by National Association of Home Builders | November 25, 2015

NAHB-LogoSales of newly built, single-family homes rose 10.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 495,000 units in October, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Our builders are reporting continued optimism in the housing market, and are adding inventory in anticipation of future business,” said Tom Woods, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo.

“Sales this year are running 15.7 percent ahead of 2014,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “With a firming job market, affordable home prices, and rising pent-up demand, today’s report is another indicator that the housing market continues to move on a modest upward trajectory.”

New-home sales were up in three out of the four regions. Sales rose 135.3 percent in the Northeast, 5.3 percent in the Midwest, and 8.9 percent in the South. Sales fell 0.9 percent in the West.

The inventory of new homes for sale was 226,000 units in October. This is a 5.5-month supply at the current sales pace.

Source: NAHB 112515

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Builder Confidence Continues to Rise

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Builder Confidence Continues to Rise
Article by National Association of Home Builders | September 16, 2015

NAHB-LogoBuilder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes continued its steady rise in September with a one point increase to a level of 62 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It is the highest reading since October 2005.

“The HMI shows that single-family housing is making solid progress, said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. “However, our members continue to tell us that they are concerned about the availability of lots and labor.”

“NAHB is projecting about 1.1 million total housing starts this year,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Today’s report is consistent with our forecast, and barring any unexpected jolts, we expect housing to keep moving forward at a steady, modest rate through the end of the year.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

Two of the three HMI components posted gains in September. The index measuring buyer traffic increased two points to 47, and the component gauging current sales conditions rose one point to 67. Meanwhile, the index charting sales expectations in the next six months dropped from 70 to 68.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the West and Midwest each rose one point to 64 and 59, respectively. The South posted a one-point gain to 64 and the Northeast dropped one point to 46.

### Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com. ###

Source: National Association of Home Builders, NAHB Article 091615
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