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Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / July 11, 2013
The Census Bureau released additional data Thursday from the 2011 American Housing Survey, an in-depth snapshot taken every two years of the types of homes we keep, how we pay for and heat them, even how many of us have fireplaces that are actually “usable” (among homeowners, it’s 46 percent). Nationwide, the median monthly mortgage paid in 2011 was $1,015, which sounds like a steal if you live in New York, or a ripoff if you make your home in Pittsburgh.
The data is particularly interesting for what it reveals about the stark differences between housing markets depending onRead More
BUILDER PULSE / July 17, 2013
Home builders and their partners in housing, whether they’re executives at big companies or of the entrepreneurial lot-to-lot variety, look at Census Bureau Housing Starts and Permits data releases as just a number. To most, the monthly data point serves as a directional signal; its absolute value rises and falls with corrections, volatility in multifamily construction timelines, and seasonality. Of this month’s release, questions arise as to whether “housing’s losing its mojo.” BUILDER PULSE sister company Metrostudy’s chief economist andRead More
Alison Rice / BUILDER / January 22, 2013
Recent buyers of newly constructed homes are more likely to say construction quality, room layout, and design were important considerations.
Conducted every two years by the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Housing Survey collects all sorts of information on the country’s housing stock, from the size and amenities of a home or apartment to details on the number of people who live there and why they chose that particular place as their living quarters.Read More