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First Look at GDP Growth in the First Quarter – Investment Up (Except Inventories), Consumption Down
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First Look at GDP Growth in the First Quarter – Investment Up (Except Inventories), Consumption Down

Economic activity slowed in the first quarter, GDP growth dropped to a 0.7% seasonally adjusted annual rate from a 2.1% rate in the fourth quarter....

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Rates Tick Down in March
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Rates Tick Down in March

Following 4 consecutive monthly increases, results from the Mortgage Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency ...

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Homeownership Rate Stable
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Homeownership Rate Stable

According to the Census Bureau's Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the U.S. homeownership rate was 63.6% in the first quarter 2017, which is...

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Pending Sales Pause
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Pending Sales Pause

The Pending Home Sales Index decreased 0.8% in March 2017, but remains 0.8% above its level a year ago. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a...

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Consumer Confidence Declined in April
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Consumer Confidence Declined in April

After hitting a post-recession high, the consumer confidence index, reported by the Conference Board, declined in April. Consumers were less...

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House Price Gains Continued in February
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House Price Gains Continued in February

S&P Dow Jones Indices released the Home Price Index for February. House prices surpassed the pre-recession peak of 2006 and hit the highest level...

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Strong March for New Home Sales
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Strong March for New Home Sales

Contracts for new home sales expanded by 5.8% in March, according to estimates from the joint data release of HUD and the Census Bureau. The growth...

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Impact of the Duty on Canadian Lumber Announced April 25
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Impact of the Duty on Canadian Lumber Announced April 25

On April 25, the Department of Commerce levied a 19.88% duty rate against Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States. Due to "special...

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USDA Single Family Programs: Trends in Loans for Newly Constructed Homes
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USDA Single Family Programs: Trends in Loans for Newly Constructed Homes

A recent NAHB study tracks trends in loans for new construction obligated under the USDA Single-family programs, the Section 502 Direct Loan...

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March Sales Roar Like a Lion
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March Sales Roar Like a Lion

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), surged 4.4% in March to the highest pace in ten years. At the...

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Increase in Remodeling Market Index Reflects Broad-Based Confidence
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Increase in Remodeling Market Index Reflects Broad-Based Confidence

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the first quarter of 2017, up five points...

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Young Adults & the Construction Trades
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Young Adults & the Construction Trades

NAHB conducted a national poll of young adults ages 18 to 25 to find out how this age group feels about a career in the construction trades. The...

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Housing Starts Fall in March After a Strong February
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Housing Starts Fall in March After a Strong February

Total housing starts declined in March, after a strong pace was recorded in February. Total starts were down almost 7%, falling to a 1.215 million...

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Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April
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Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained solid in April, falling three points to a level of 68 on the National...

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Energy and Core Prices Down in March
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Energy and Core Prices Down in March

A sharp decline in energy prices pushed headline inflation negative in March, while core prices (excluding food and energy) fell based on a steep...

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Softwood Lumber and OSB Push Building Materials Prices Higher
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Softwood Lumber and OSB Push Building Materials Prices Higher

For the second consecutive month, prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete, and OSB all increased, according to the latest Producer...

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The Distribution of Residential Construction Loans Among Banks
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The Distribution of Residential Construction Loans Among Banks

Smaller banks, those with assets of less than $10 billion, hold the majority of residential construction loans, according to NAHB analysis of...

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Non-Mortgage Consumer Debt Accelerates
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Non-Mortgage Consumer Debt Accelerates

The total amount of consumer credit outstanding rose in February 2017 reflecting growth in both non-revolving credit, auto loans and student loans,...

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Construction Job Openings Post Small Increase
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Construction Job Openings Post Small Increase

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased slightly in February, after two months of lower levels of open positions. According...

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New Residential Energy Tax Credit Estimates
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New Residential Energy Tax Credit Estimates

In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing that benefitted new home buyers and remodeling...

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The Employment Situation in March – Weather, Or Not
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The Employment Situation in March – Weather, Or Not

Unusually warm weather in January and February may have accelerated hiring in those months at the expense of additions to March payroll gains. The...

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Leverage Ratios Rise in 2016
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Leverage Ratios Rise in 2016

Information provided by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) indicates that the loan amount relative to the purchase price of the home,...

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March Meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee – A Closer Look
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March Meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee – A Closer Look

The minutes from meetings of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy setting body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), traditionally released...

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New Home Sales Price History
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New Home Sales Price History

The price distribution of new home sales has changed markedly over the last ten years. Indeed, new home prices have increased, due to market shifts...

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Housing Provides Boost to GDP
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Housing Provides Boost to GDP

Final estimates of fourth quarter 2016 GDP growth (revised up two-tenths of a percentage point to 2.1%), show that housing's share of gross...

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Private Construction Spending Hits Cyclical High
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Private Construction Spending Hits Cyclical High

NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending grew 1.8% in February to a seasonally...

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A Primer on Border-Adjusted Taxes
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A Primer on Border-Adjusted Taxes

In June 2016, House Republicans introduced the outline of a tax reform proposal (a.k.a. the blueprint). The blueprint includes significant changes...

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Steady Increase in February Personal Income
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Steady Increase in February Personal Income

Personal Income was up by 0.4% in February, a steady growth after a 0.5% increase in January, according to the most recent data release from the...

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Optimistic Consumers in March
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Optimistic Consumers in March

Consumer confidence, reported by the Conference Board, increased in March. Consumers were very optimistic about both the current situation and the...

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Third Look at GDP Growth in the Fourth Quarter – A Little Better, Hail Consumers
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Third Look at GDP Growth in the Fourth Quarter – A Little Better, Hail Consumers

The third estimate of real GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), shows slightly faster economic...

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