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  1. Remodeling Market Indicator Remains in Positive Territory

    The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) dropped 3 points to 55 in the second quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Although the RMI posted a decrease, it has been at or above 50 for 17 consecutive quarters. A reading above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter)… Read More ›

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  2. Single-Family Starts Bounce Back in June

    Total housing starts bounced back in June after a weak May. Total starts increased 8.3% to a  1.215 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the Census Bureau and HUD. Monthly increases were recorded for both single-family and multifamily development. Single-family starts moved forward, increasing to an 849,000 annual rate in June. The February annualized… Read More ›

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  3. Shelter Prices Contribute to Consumer Inflation

    Consumer prices faced by urban consumers nationwide, as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumer (CPI), rose by 1.6 percent over the past year on a not seasonally adjusted dating back to June 2016. However, over the past month, consumer prices were unchanged (seasonally adjusted basis). The Shelter Price Index was a key contributor… Read More ›

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  4. Builder Confidence Slips Two Points in July, Remains Solid

    Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes slipped two points to 64 in July from a downwardly revised June reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). It is the lowest reading since November 2016. Members are expressing significant concerns over rising material prices, particularly lumber. This issue, along with other significant supply-side… Read More ›

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  5. Residential Construction Loan Growth at Smaller Banks Has Slowed

    Residential construction loans held by banks have grown over the past 4 years. However, in recent quarters, growth in the stock of residential construction loans has slowed. The recent slowdown in residential construction loan volume largely reflects a deceleration in growth across smaller banks, those with assets at or below $10 billion. These banks hold the majority of the bank-held… Read More ›

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  6. Specialty Contractor Partnerships’ Use of Debt and Capital

    Specialty contractors structured as partnerships generated aggregate net income of $4.5 billion in 2014, according to the most recent IRS data available.[1] These data are broken out by industry and income tax deductions, allowing us to compare the use of tax deductions by partnerships across a wide array of sectors. Analyzing the size of depreciation and business interest deductions taken… Read More ›

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  7. Prices of Softwood Lumber and OSB Decline in June

    The prices of softwood lumber and OSB fell by 3.0% and 0.4%, respectively, in June according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast, prices paid for gypsum and ready-mix concrete increased 1.3% and 0.4%, respectively, over the month. The softwood lumber price index fell for the first time in seven months… Read More ›

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  8. What Do Home Buyers Buy after Moving

    In a prior recent post we discussed NAHB research showing how during the first year after closing on a home sale, home buyers tend to spend considerably more money on furnishings, appliances and remodeling compared to non-moving owners. Buyers of new homes spend most, outspending non-movers by a factor of 2.6. Buyers of existing homes spend twice as much as… Read More ›

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  9. Open Construction Jobs Fall in May

    The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector declined in May, falling to level below that recorded a year ago. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) stood at 154,000 in May. The cycle high was 238,000, set in July of last year. The open position rate… Read More ›

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  10. Builders Starting to Report Shortages of Framing Lumber

    For several years now, the recovery in single-family home building has been hampered by shortages of labor and lots.  Availability of building materials, meanwhile, has not been much of an issue.  But that may be starting to change. In answer to questions on the May 2017 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, 21% of single-family builders reported a shortage… Read More ›

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