Tag Archives: Housing Starts

New Home Sales February 2019 — Up 4.9 Percent Sequentially from January but Essentially Flat Vs a Year Ago

New single family residential (SFR) home sales of 667,000 on seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) in February far exceeded analyst expectations and were up 4.9 percent sequentially from January, but essentially unchanged from a year ago (up 0.6 percent). There were an estimated 318,000 new homes available for sale at the end of February 2019 …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Fastest Growing U.S. Suburbs 2018

Cheap energy prices and lifestyle are once again leading to a move back to ‘burbs’ in America.  Front and back yards are back in style for some, along with landscaping, vegetable gardens and trees.  There are tens-of-thousands of Millennials in hot pursuit.  As a result, demand is robust in many of the U.S. suburban housing …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Markets for 1st Time Homebuyers, and Worst

Earlier this week, HousingWire had an article telling first-time homebuyers (Millennials) in Dallas, Texas that they should just adjust to being renters since land and development costs make a sub $200,000 new home almost impossible. To read the article click http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36878-hey-dallas-millennials-better-get-used-to-renting As I have written in the past, home builders continue to face three headwinds …Read more

Another Top-10 List — 2016 U.S. Boom Towns

Regardless how good or bad the U.S. economy is, at any point in time some markets are hot and others are not. Even within a city, some neighborhoods are hot and others not. Jobs are everything. Period. As jobs increase, likewise does construction and household formation rates. To define the hottest markets in the country, …Read more

December 2015 Existing Housing Sales Robust — Up 7.7 Percent Year-Over-Year and Up 14.7 Percent Vs. TRID-Impaired November 2015

Existing home sales in December 2015 came roaring back to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 5.46 million according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were  up 7.7 percent year-over-year and up 14.7 percent after a dismal November existing housing sales volume due to the newly implemented TRID lending rules.  Median price rose …Read more