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  1. Permits Grow Across Most States, Hurricane Effect Fading

    Over the eleven months ending in November 2017, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 761,229. This is 10.2% ahead of its level over the first eleven months of 2016, 690,836. The results from the SOC are similar, single-fa…

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  2. Single-Family Starts Pull Back in December

    Total housing starts declined in December after strong readings for prior months due to weather-related delay effects in the fall. Total starts decreased 8% to a 1.19 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the joint data release from the…

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  3. The Remodeling Market Index Hits 60 in Fourth Quarter

    The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) increased three points to 60 in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This quarter marks the second time in the RMI’s history (dating back to 2001) in which the inde…

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  4. Mortgages Rates Rise in 2017, but Remain Low Overall

    Information provided by the Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) indicates that mortgage rates on purchases of newly built homes rose 7 basis points in November to 4.00 percent. At this level, rates remain below the 4.18 cycle peak level recorded in…

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  5. Builder Confidence Remains Strong as New Year Starts

    Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes dropped two points to a level of 72 in January on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after reaching an 18-year high in December 2017. Bui…

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  6. Core Inflation Remains Steady

    Consumer prices, measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumer (CPI), rose by 2.1 percent on an unadjusted basis over the 12 months of 2017, and has broadly accelerated from the 1.63 percent reading in June 201…

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  7. Building Materials Prices and Labor Access Top Challenges for 2018

    The monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index includes a set of “special” questions on a topic of current interest to the housing industry. In December 2017, the special questions asked builders about the problems they faced in 2017 and expect to f…

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  8. Employment Rose in Most States

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 32 states and decreased in 17 states and the District of Columbia in November 2017 compared to October 2017 while the level of employment in Maine remained unchanged. …

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  9. Reluctant Return of Native-Born Construction Workers Drives the Immigrant Share Up

    New NAHB research shows that the share of foreign-born workers in the US construction labor force has been rising since the housing recovery got underway. Immigrant workers now account for close to one in four workers, the highest share recorded by the…

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  10. Softwood Lumber, OSB, and Gypsum Lead 2017 Price Increases

    Prices paid for OSB (-13.0%), softwood lumber (-1.0%), and inputs to residential construction (-0.1%), all decreased in December, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for gypsum product…

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