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  • Second Look at GDP Growth in the First Quarter – A Little Better, But About the Same

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the second estimate of real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2017. Economic activity expanded at a 1.2% seasonally adjusted annual rate, an upward revision from the previous 0.7% estimate. This estimate is based on more complete data than was available for the “advance” estimate. Real GDP grew at a 2.1% rate… Read More ›

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  • NAHB Releases Remodeling by Zip Code Estimates for 2017

    NAHB recently released its latest projections of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code. The projections show total spending on improvements, the number of owner-occupied homes, as well as average spending per improvement, in each of over 26,000 zip codes for calendar year 2017. The estimates are based on a model relating improvement spending to five key variables:… Read More ›

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  • Multifamily Developer Confidence Dips in First Quarter as Market Levels Off

    The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) dropped seven points to 48 in the first quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The last time the MPI had a reading below 50 was in the fourth quarter of 2011 (Figure 1). Figure 1: NAHB Multifamily Production Index (MPI) and Multifamily Starts (in thousands) The MPI measures builder… Read More ›

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