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.
Jonathan Smoke / Metrostudy / December 3, 2013
With the impact of the government shutdown in October, we have not had the usual data in October and November to review residential construction activity and new home sales. Earlier this week, Brad Hunter and I reviewed with some members of the media the most recent Metrostudy data across observed closings, builder reported traffic and sales, and permits. My conclusion remains that we are seeing some seasonal pullback and pockets of more than seasonal decline in sales, but overall activity appears to be consistent with growth, and certainly there is no call for concern regarding theRead More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / October 3, 2013
Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2013, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.6%, with home building yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total.
Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways.
The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI is effectively the measure of the home building and remodeling contribution to GDP. It includes construction of new single-family and multifamily structures, residential remodeling, production of manufactured homes and brokers’ fees. For the secondRead More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / September 27, 2013
It’s no secret that the recovery has been incredibly uneven. Some of its biggest benefits are accruing to the one percent, while the majority of Americans have seen their economic prospects stagnate or diminish. Income inequality has surged to levels not seen since before the Great Depression.
When it comes to jobs, the recovery has been terribly uneven as well. Commentators across the political spectrum agree that jobs are a key, if not the key, indicator of the strength of America’s economic recovery. Overall, the U.S. economy added some 4.5 million jobs over the course ofRead More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / September 18, 2013
Eighty percent of America’s metropolitan areas experienced real economic growth in 2012, according to new figures released yesterday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Of the nation’s 381 metros, a full 305 experienced some year-over-year growth in GDP. And significantly, this pace of this growth has accelerated, averaging 2.5 percent across the country’s metro areas in 2012, compared to 1.7 percent last year.
That’s the good news. Fewer places than you’d think are being left totally behind, though the story within and between these metros is moreRead More
Steve Goldstein / MarketWatch / September 17, 2013
The average American household earned $51,017 in 2012, which basically was unchanged from 2011
If you’re going to be average, be average near the heart of the federal government.
The latest Census Bureau data shows that Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia all are in the top five in median household income. While they have a crazy-looking flag, Marylanders pulled in $71,836 per household in 2012.
Compare that to Mississippi, where the median household brought in just $36,641 — just over half.
The average American household earned $51,017 in 2012, which basically wasRead More