Posts Tagged ‘ Chuck Fowke ’

Strong Demand Keeps Builder Confidence Up Even as Supply Side Challenges Persist

Nov 18th, 2021

The most recent NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released this week, reports that builder sentiment in the market for newly built single-family homes moved three points higher to 83 in November. Low existing inventories and strong buyer demand helped push builder confidence higher for the third consecutive month even as supply-side challenges — including […]

Builder Confidence Up, Supported by September’s Single Family Starts

Oct 29th, 2021

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released last week shows sentiment in the market for newly built single-family homes moved four points higher to 80 in October, driven in part by strong consumer demand. The growing affordability challenges stemming from rising material prices and shortages didn’t damper single-family home starts in September, officials said, […]

Gauges for Builder Confidence and Architectural Billings Offset

Aug 26th, 2021

Two leading indicators for construction forecasting registered opposing measures last week—one pointing to a downturn in builder confidence, while the other indicates more construction projects could be on the way for multifamily. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that builder confidence reached a 13-month low, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index […]

Single-Family Starts Steady in May

Jun 21st, 2021

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau shows overall housing starts increased 3.6% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units off of a downwardly revised April reading. The May reading of 1.57 million starts is the number of housing units […]

NAHB: Rising Material Challenges Drives Declining Builder Sentiment

Jun 17th, 2021

The latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released this week shows that builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell two points to 81 in June, its lowest level since August 2020. Even with the rising material prices and supply chain shortages that caused the monthly […]

Areas with Shortest Commute Times Most Popular for Home Building Areas

Jun 7th, 2021

The quarterly NAHB Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) released earlier this month shows home building expanded the fastest in places with the shortest commute times. The HBGI also shows the suburban shift in new home construction to low density, low cost markets stemming largely from the COVID-19 pandemic and first reported in the second quarter […]

Change the Thermostat All You Want, Someone Will Always Be Unhappy

May 25th, 2021

For 15 years now, it seems, I’ve had a file on my desk labeled “Softwood Lumber.” Well, maybe not a crinkled up, over-stuffed, physical folder, but at least a collection of digital files and research. I say, “it seems,” because I’m speaking somewhat figuratively. Point being this topic has been part of my life and […]

Associations Press for Interventions Over Lumber Prices at the Highest Levels

May 24th, 2021

The costs for building materials remains a red-hot issue for suppliers and construction firms, as representative associations plea with government officials to investigate and take action. In late March, a cohort of 36 construction-related organizations, including the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Associated […]

As Home Prices Rise Owners Also Set to Spend More on Improvements

Apr 20th, 2021

After the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) showed a slight dip in builder confidence in March, data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a rise in building permits issued for the same month, along with a sharp year-over-year increase. In March, officials for NAHB pointed to material costs and […]

Builders Point to Material Costs and Interest Rates for Slight Decline in Confidence

Mar 23rd, 2021

With a slight decrease in confidence registering among builders in March, officials for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) point to material costs and interest rates as culprits. After attempting to persuade the U.S. Department of Commerce to take action on escalating costs for lumber and other materials, officials for NAHB now say those […]

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