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  • Redfin: A lack of housing supply is slowing home-sale growth

    In May, home sales rose only 2.5% from the previous year
    In May, home-sale growth continued to lag, highlighting a slowdown in inventory, according to new data from Redfin. Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather said although recent surges in mortgage applications reflect heightened homebuyer demand, a lack of inventory continues to prevent growth.
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  • Homebuilder confidence weakens as cost concerns mount

    Builder sentiment slides two points to 64 in June
    As cost and labor concerns continue to grow, homebuilder confidence retreated to 64 points in June, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde said while demand for single-family homes remains sound, builders continue to report rising development and construction costs, with some additional concerns over trade issues.
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  • April’s construction spending drops 1.2% from last year

    Residential construction spending falls 0.6% from the previous month
    The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during April 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.3 trillion. Although April’s rate is nearly the same as March’s, the organization revealed April’s spending is 1.2% below the April 2018 estimate.
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  • Homebuilders are becoming more confident with the housing market

    But labor and material cost concerns still weigh heavy
    Despite affordability and labor constraints, home builder confidence rose to 66 points in May, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said although the market is improving, builders continue to deal with factors that are holding back supply and harming affordability.
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  • Construction spending falls 0.9% in March

    Residential construction spending drops 1.8% from the previous month
    The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during March 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.28 trillion, retreating 0.9% from the revised February estimate of $1.29 trillion.
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  • This is how America's housing affordability is impacting credit quality

    Affordability has returned to average historical levels, and it's having a ripple effect
    It's official: The era of unusually affordable housing has ended. Well, according to a recent Moody's Investors Services analysis. The organization claims that America's housing affordability has returned to average historical levels, therefore impacting credit quality across numerous housing-related sectors.
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  • U.S. employment reverses course in March, rises by 196,000 jobs

    Construction jobs moderately increase by only 16,000 jobs
    The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs in March, according to the latest Employment Situation Summary report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. MBA Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting Joel Kan said although unemployment is still well below historical averages, growth in hourly earnings is good news for the housing market, as wage growth continues to more closely align with home-price gains.
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  • Homebuilder confidence stabilizes, hinting at solid spring home buying season

    Builders say market is finding its footing following late 2018 slowdown
    Despite affordability and labor concerns, homebuilder confidence held steady at 62 points in March, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. In fact, NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde said builders anticipate a solid spring home buying season.
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  • Construction spending retreats 0.6% in December

    December’s spending is 1.6% above the previous year's estimate of $1.27 trillion
    The U.S. Census Bureau announced that construction spending during December 2018 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.29 trillion, retreating 0.6% from the revised November estimate of $1.3 trillion. Notably, spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $991.2 billion, 0.6% below the revised November estimate of $997.1 billion.
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