Items Tagged with 'National Association of Home Builders'


  • Renovation spending will slow in 2020 after record-setting year, Harvard report says

    Soft housing market will crimp demand for renovations
    While renovation spending rose to a record at the end of June and will reach a new high by the end of 2019, a slowdown is on the horizon. Americans spent $322 billion on remodeling and home repairs during the 12 months ending in June, a 6.8% jump from a year earlier, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. However, 2020 will be a different story.
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  • Homebuilder confidence rises slightly, but cost concerns threaten future growth

    Builder sentiment inches forward one point to 65 in July
    Although homebuilder confidence inched forward one point to 65 in July, many builders still report rising construction costs as a major cause of concern, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said while the current low mortgage interest rate environment should be getting more buyers off the sidelines, they remain hesitant due to affordability concerns.
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  • Wondering why low mortgage rates haven't goosed the housing market? Here's the answer

    American household income fell in May, washing out the effect of low rates
    You can't get a mortgage if you don't have enough income to cover the payments. American household income fell in May, even with the unemployment rate at the lowest level in almost 50 years. Stagnant or even falling wages are making it tougher for Americans to buy homes as prices continue to rise, said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. That explains why cheap rates haven't goosed the housing market, he said.
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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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  • Calabria calls on cities to deregulate to spur more home building

    FHFA Director: The most burdensome regulations come from local governments
    There are many factors leading to the slowing pace of home building, but one big reason is local regulations and the costs associated with them, at least according to home builders. And now, builders have a substantial new ally in their fight against local regulations, as FHFA Director Mark Calabria said Monday that municipalities need to begin cutting regulations in order to generate more home building.
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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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  • Priced out of the housing market, more Americans move to the "exurbs"

    Why some say this is cause for concern
    Welcome to the exurbs: remote areas just beyond the more affluent suburbs that have seen a wave of activity from builders and home shoppers. According to a recent NAHB report, the exurbs were the only regions to see an increase in single-family permits in Q1 – a fact that some analysts say is raising red flags.
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