News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Builders Adjust Sentiment
David Crowe / Eye on Housing / October 16, 2014
Builder sentiment as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell five points in October to a level of 54. Any value above 50 means more builder see the market favorably over those who see unfavorable conditions. The drop was from a 9 year high of 59 in August and returns the index to summer 2014 levels. Conditions across markets continue to vary with some markets, notably those in the oil and energy belt, continuing with positive outlooks whereas markets struggling where employment trends have not been as strong. Builders continue to note shortages of buildable lots and a scatteredRead More
Top 4 Obstacles and Boosters for New Home Construction
Brad Hunter / Builder / October 17, 2014
Housing starts rose by 6.3% in September, which places activity 17.8% above September of last year, according to the government report just released at 8:30. Metrostudy’s view about the housing recovery remains unchanged. The total for 2014 will be little changed from 2013, but activity should increase in 2015. The Top 4 Obstacles Mortgage Availability There are still people who *should* be able to get mortgages who cannot (particularly those who work on commissions or bonuses, or are self-employed). Rental Millennials They have yet to help household formation rates, because thoseRead More
Construction Marketing Association / September 19, 2014
Despite many positives in the construction industry right now such as the high demand for skilled labor and that most construction firms are willing to prove higher wages for skilled workers, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction’s direction.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Greenspan, who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve between 1987 and 2006, said Tuesday the U.S. economic rebound from the recession that ended five years ago, has been held back by the construction industry’s own slow rebound.
“What we see is that construction is deadRead More
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc / August 19, 2014
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. CBI improved 5.4 percent following a 2.8 percent decline in the first quarter and currently stands at 8.5; up 3.6 percent on a year-over-year basis.
“The long-awaited brisk nonresidential construction recovery may be upon us,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Industry momentum was snuffed out by a seemingly endless winter, but the pace of industry recovery has been accelerating ever since. Backlog gains were nearly ubiquitous during theRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2014) —The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood announced today that Bob Berkebile, Principal of BNIM, has been selected as the fifth recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, the largest annual award for sustainability in the built environment.
Now celebrating its fifth year, The Hanley Award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoBuilding Review, BUILDER and Architect magazines and is dedicated to identifying and honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributionsRead More
AGC of America / August 27, 2014
Construction employment expanded in 223 metro areas, declined in 72 and was stagnant in 44 between July 2013 and July 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. As employment grows, 25 percent of firms report labor shortages are forcing them to turn down work according to a new survey conducted by SmartBrief, an industry leader in curated business news and custom content, in partnership with the association.
“Many construction firms looking to expand their payrolls are finding a surprisingly tightRead More
Robert Dietz / Eye on Housing / August 1, 2014
Despite two consecutive monthly declines, the value of construction spending remains higher than levels recorded a year ago.
For the month of June, Census data indicate that the total value of private residential construction spending (put-in-place) declined 0.3% from May to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of $356 billion. Single-family spending was down in June by 1.4%, to a $184 billion rate. In contrast, multifamily spending was up 2.5% to a $41.8 billion pace, and improvement spending increased 0.4% to $130 billion.Read More