News & Opinions
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Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / August 6, 2014
The government release on housing starts for June showed a sharp decline, concentrated in what the Census Bureau defines as “The South.” Single-family starts were down in June by 9.0% from the previous month, and down 4.3% from twelve months earlier. Within that number, almost all the decline was in the South, down 20.1% versus the previous month and down 14.5% versus a year ago.
Rumors of the South’s demise are greatly exaggerated.Read More
Bad Hunter / Metrostudy / July 17, 2014
Housing starts for June SURPRISED on the downside! Jobs are better, and builders seem more confident, yet the June number was down 9.3% month-over-month (9.0% for single-family detached).
My forecast for 2014, just revised to account for the latest data, is for a 9% increase in total home starts (annual total for 2014 versus annual total for 2013), and for a 6% increase in single-family construction.Read More
David Crowe / Eye on Housing / July 10, 2014
Housing news continued to improve as pending home sales surged following a slow first quarter. Home prices also continued to move higher but at a more moderate pace, suggesting the extra push caused by investors may be slowing. Economic news, however, was mixed. Consumer confidence increased in response to improving labor market conditions. On the other hand, new estimates from the first quarter revealed a steeper decline in real GDP. Early indications are that real GDP will reverse course from a dismal first quarter and gains in housing will continue the pace set before the end of 2013.
Eye on Housing / June 30, 2014
Pending home sales in May posted the largest monthly increase since the expiration of the first-time home buyer tax credit in April 2010. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 6.1% in May to 103.9 from an upwardly revised April level of 97.9. It is important to note that the May reading was down 5.2% on a year-over-year basis.Read More
Shelley D. Hutchins / Builder / June 30, 2014
Higher mortgage rates and a harsh winter slowed down single-family housing starts and sales in the past year. The lack of for-sale homes, both new and existing, is driving prices up, which has resulted in many homeowners gaining needed equity and reduced delinquency rates. However, the number of distressed houses is still high. According to experts from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), who discussed these topics and more in a live webcast presenting the annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, millennials, minority households, baby boomers, and relaxed creditRead More