News & Opinions
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David Crowe / Eye on Housing / September 19, 2014
Housing starts fell in August, according to the most recent government data, but the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose to a post-recession high. The market data suggest future increases in single-family building as the sector expands to higher levels of activity more consistent with long-run rates of household formation and population growth.
For August, the Census Bureau and HUD reported that the seasonally adjusted annual pace of housing starts was 956,000, 14.4% below the July pace of 1.117 million starts. It is important to note that much of the decline was concentratedRead More
Metrostudy does a 100% count within markets across the country of move-ins into newly-built homes. This is a powerful and reliable measure of end-user demand. The top two markets have outsized percentage changes because they are starting from a low base number. In terms of the large markets, Central Florida has seen a 24.3% increase in new home demand in the past year, and Charlotte, NC, has seen a 23.4%. Atlanta, which was savaged by the downturn, has seen a 22.9% increase. New home construction is picking up in all of these markets, as builders scramble to meet increased demand.Read More
Brad Hunter / Builder / September 18, 2014
Today’s government data release on housing starts showed a 14.4% decline in the month of August, mostly driven by multifamily. Single-family detached home construction was only down 2.4% on the month. Total starts are still 8.0% higher than August of last year, and single-family starts are still 4.2% above the year-ago pace.
The apparent stagnation in national housing starts is not universal. Looking deeper, and using Metrostudy’s more granular detail, we see that certain markets have seen considerable strength. In our local-market tracking, we are still seeing significantRead More
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