Items Tagged with 'National Association of Home Builders'

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  • CNBC: Chinese tariffs are going to make your home renovations more expensive

    NAHB claims there could be a $2.5 billion tax increase on the industry
    This year, the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index revealed that in the fourth quarter of 2017, the RMI reached 60 for the second time since 2001. Although the increasing demand for home renovation has carried over to 2018, recently imposed tariffs are expected to reduce home renovation affordability.
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  • Home builders group: New tariffs on Chinese goods are a tax on housing

    New tariffs are slated to affect materials related to housing construction
    New tariffs against China could add $1 billion in costs to goods involved with housing construction. According to CNBC’s Realty Check, the NAHB estimates that of the 6,000 goods under the umbrella of the latest round of tariffs, roughly 600 products, representing $10 billion in goods, are related to the construction of new apartments and homes.
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  • Homebuilder confidence holds its ground

    Although cost causes concern, demand is persistent
    Although homebuilders still fear increasing material costs, homebuilder confidence remained unchanged at 67 in September, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
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  • August jobs report: Unemployment holds steady at 3.9%

    Non-farm payrolls increased by 201,000
    The unemployment rate in August remained at 3.9%, according to the latest Employment Situation Summary report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. One economist said the 9 year high in wage growth ensures the federal government will raise rates at their meeting later in September.
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  • Trump administration wants to make it easier to save for retirement

    Executive order seeks to strengthen retirement security
    Americans have not saved enough for retirement, and it’s a problem that some are calling a looming crisis as the population continues to age. President Donald Trump addressed the issue today, signing an executive order that would expand access to retirement savings plans for American workers.
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  • Freddie Mac: August forecast shows affordability hinders growth

    Supply and demand deter prospective homebuyers
    Home sales growth is expected to slow through the remainder of the year, as a lack of affordability and supply contribute to a continual slowdown, according to Freddie Mac’s August Forecast. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said these challenges were predominantly seen in expensive markets out West.
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  • NIMBYism is depressing multifamily developers

    “Not In My Backyard” is keeping some developers from building
    Multifamily developers’ confidence in the health of the market fell over the last few months, thanks to a combination of factors, including the threat of rising construction costs due to tariffs and NIMBYism standing in the way of new multifamily developments getting off the ground.
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  • Decreasing home sales reveal an underwhelming market

    Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas thinks the market is in trouble
    New home sales decreased in July as the market continues to remain relatively static, according to the new report from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas said that home sales once again disappointed expectations, indicating that the market is in trouble.
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  • Housing starts ticked up in July

    Single-family housing starts climbed to 862,000 in July
    Housing starts slightly increased a bit in July, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. PricewaterhouseCoopers Principal Scott Volling said that homebuilders are being affected by a slight increase in inventory.
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  • Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates decrease slightly but there's no relief in sight

    Affordability threatens homebuyer demand
    Mortgage rates decreased by just a few basis points, but remain above 4.5%, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market survey. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater said it’s clear that in some markets the combination of ascending home prices, limited affordable inventory and this year’s higher rates are curtailing homebuyer demand.
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