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Top 4 Obstacles and Boosters for New-Home Construction Top 4 Obstacles and Boosters for New-Home Construction

Housing starts rose by 6.3% in September, which places activity 17.8% above September of last year, according to the government report just released at 8:30. Chief economist Brad Hunter assures Metrostudy's predictions for housing starts remain unchanged. Read more

Home Builder Sentiment Maps to Jobs GeographyHome Builder Sentiment Maps to Jobs Geography

National Association of Home Builders chief economist David Crowe comments on the... Read more

Materials Price Pressure BuildsMaterials Price Pressure Builds

National Association of Home Builders economist looks beneath relatively benign inflation signals among broad producer price indices, and highlights reality: Gypsum and drywall prices are going up big-time, again. Input cost pressure grows just as house prices need to come down. Read more

Homes With Foundations, Full- or Partial Basements ... Heat-MapHomes With Foundations, Full- or Partial Basements ... Heat-Map

National Association of Home Builders economist Natalia Siniasvskaia looks at NAHBE Survey of Construction (SOC) data that shows that nationally, about 30% of new single-family homes started in 2013 have a full or partial basement, 54% are built on slabs, and 15% have a crawl space. Read more

Price Per Square Foot Heat-Mapped, for Contracts and for SalesPrice Per Square Foot Heat-Mapped, for Contracts and for Sales

National Association of Home Builders analyst Natalia Siniavskaia looks at new NAHB research that quantifies regional differences in sale and contract prices per square foot for single-family homes started in 2013. Read more

When OSHA Comes Calling ...When OSHA Comes Calling ...

Houston Business Journal reporter Paul Takahashi reports that Houston, recently... Read more

In Phoenix, A Year of Rebalancing Leaves Buyers on the Fence

Metrostudy’s survey of the Phoenix housing market indicates that initial expectations for 2014 were overly optimistic, and we expect to see the market down 5% for the year. Read more

Hiring, Job Openings Trend Positive for BuildersHiring, Job Openings Trend Positive for Builders

National Association of Home Builders economist Robert Dietz looks at the latest download of BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data, which show a decline in openings after a surge in hiring. Read more

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