News & Opinions
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David Crowe / NAHB / July 11, 2013
Rising home prices and increasing residential construction have been the clearest signs of the housing rebound that took hold in 2012 and continues into 2013. Data from the start of the summer are consistent with these long-run trends, offering a bright spot in otherwise lackluster economic environment.
Total private residential construction spending increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $328.6 billion in May 2013, the fastest pace of residential construction since October 2008. The reading is 1.2% above the positively revised April estimate and 22% higher over a year ago.Read More
Alexandra Rice / ARCHITECT / June 13, 2013
The AIA and partner organizations emphasize rebuilding smarter with ideas competition.
In the past couple of years, tragic storms have ripped through New Orleans; Joplin, Mo.; and New York City; to name just a few. In Joplin, more than7,600 homes were destroyed by the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history. Even as design efforts to build better post-disaster housing and storm bunkers are under way, many people are asking why we aren’t developing more sustainable housing in the first place.
Natural disasters offer, if nothing else, a chance to rebuild stronger. And with the helpRead More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / December 21, 2012
The onset of the housing crisis and the Great Recession interrupted a 15-year long increasing trend toward a growing share for spec home building. As housing production slowed in 2006 and 2007, the share of non-spec building, particularly custom home building, increased. This not-for sale single-family housing construction is classified in Census housing starts data as either owner- or contractor-built.
The share increased because the credit crunch made it more difficult for builders to obtain AD&C credit and more difficult for buyers to obtain mortgage financing due toRead More