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John Crosby / HW.com / December 18, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for November 2013:
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,007,000. This is 3.1 percent (±1.1%) below the revised October rate of 1,039,000, but is 7.9 percent (±1.6%) above the November 2012 estimate of 933,000.
Single-family authorizations in November were at a rate of 634,000; this is 2.1 percent (±1.1%) above the revised OctoberRead More
Jonathan Smoke and Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / December 18, 2013
From Hanley Wood’s Chief Economist, Jonathan Smoke:
Today new housing starts were released by the U.S Department of Commerce for September through November following the delay in data releases created by the October shutdown. Following the last revision of August housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 883,000, there was a slight decline seen in September of 1% but starts have since been on the rise for the two most recent months. October starts showed a modest increase over September to reach 889,000 starts while November saw significant gains with starts over one millionRead More
Kris Hudson / The Wall Street Journal / September 18, 2013
Home builders got a double boost on Wednesday from a report of resilient construction of single-family homes in August and the Federal Reserve’s decision to continue efforts to boost the economy and keep interest rates low.
Still, many housing-market observers see signs of a continued slowdown in price increases for new homes and possibly for new-home sales as well.
The Fed’s decision Wednesday afternoon to maintain its quantitative easing program for keeping interest rates low helped push the Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Total Return Index to a 5.9% gain by the end of Wednesday.Read More
John McManus / BIG BUILDER / September 18, 2013
Census Bureau data on housing starts and new residential building permits hit the wires this morning, and you don’t get too far into any expert’s explanation of the fresh crop of data before the term “mixed signals” surfaces. Offsetting positives vs. negatives; stressors vs. catalysts; headwinds vs. tailwinds; fundamentals vs. technicals; buzz vs. the trenches are a fact of home building and development’s life.
* Here Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride charts up the latest release in his inimitable way:
His kicker line is this:
“This was below
David Crowe / NAHB / September 19, 2013
Housing starts rose 0.9% in August pushed by a solid 7% increase in single-family starts and tempered by an 11% fall in multifamily starts. The single-family increase was broad; all four census regions showed increases ranging from 17.5% in the West to 2.3% in the South. Monthly multifamily starts have saw-toothed up and down for several months with four up months and four down months in 2013.
Housing permits demonstrated the same signal with single-family permits up 3% nationally and up or unchanged in every region. August single-family permits at 627,000 are the highest since May 2008. SimilarRead More