Housing Starts End 2020 Strong

While housing starts ended the year on a strong note, rising lumber prices and increasing regulatory cost concerns could affect future production. Led by a solid, double-digit gain in single-family starts, overall housing starts increased 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.67 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and…

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September New Home Sales Pause Following Strong Summer Surge

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in September fell 3.5% to 959,000 from a downwardly revised August number, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite the monthly decline, the September rate is 32.1% higher than the September 2019 pace, and on a year-to-date basis, new home sales…

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Buy a House If You Can Find One

Oct. 19, 2020 – There is an interesting statistic released by the National Association of Home Builders: Home sales are outpacing starts by a historic margin. Housing demand has increased so rapidly in recent months that there is now an unprecedented gap between sales and home construction. Sales of new single-family homes in August increased 4.8% to an annual rate…

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Single-Family Housing Starts Rise; Permits Mixed

Single-family starts showed continued growth in August but overall housing production fell 5.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units due to a double-digit percentage decline in multifamily production, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. The pace of single-family starts in August was the highest production rate since February.

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New Home Sales Surge in July to 13-Year High

In a sign that the housing market continues to lead the economy during the coronavirus outbreak, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to its highest pace since 2006, up 13.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 901,000 units in July, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The July rate is 36.3% higher than…

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July Housing Starts a Boost for Economy

In a further sign that housing continues to boost the economy, single-family and multifamily starts each posted solid gains in July, with total housing production up 22.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.50 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. This is the highest production rate since February.

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Housing Shows Strength as Sales and Permits Rise

Consistent with National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) forecast, home building data are showing signs of leading an emerging economic rebound. While risks to the outlook remain, particularly in the form of local, rising virus spread and ongoing layoffs, the recession appears to have taken a short and sharp downturn, according to Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

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