NAHB Announcements

  • Revolving Debt Expands in October

    The Federal Reserve’s latest G.19 Consumer Credit Report shows rising trends in consumer credit, excluding loans secured by real estate, through October 2019. In October, consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.5 percent from the previous month, with revolving debt1 increasing by 8.8 percent and nonrevolving debt2 increasing by 4.3 percent. Consumer credit totaled $4.2 trillion... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Basements Continue to Fall Out of Favor

    NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) shows that 60.1% of all new single-family started in 2018 were built on slab foundations, followed by 24.3% with a full/partial basement, and 14.3% with a crawl space. The gap between slab and full/partial basement foundation adoption rates is growing: the share of new homes built on slabs steadily increased from 46.0%... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Millennial Housing Demand and Regional Building Trends: 3Q19 HBGI

    Supply and resulting affordability challenges for millennials were highlighted in the most recent NAHB Home Building Geography Index (HBGI). The third quarter HBGI also offers more region-specific insights of single- and multifamily home building trends, including their connections to millennial-intensive areas. Single-family home building in rural areas posted a solid growth rate of 1.1% for the third quarter of 2019,... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Strong Job Growth in November

    Total payroll employment increased by 266,000 in November, while the unemployment rate declined to 3.5%. Residential construction employment was little changed (-500) in November, after an increase of 5,400 jobs in October (revised). Total construction industry (both residential and nonresidential) employment totaled about 7.5 million in November. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation Summary for November. Total... Read More &rsaquo […]

  • Specialty Rooms Wanted by Millennial Home Buyers

    A laundry room is the most popular specialty room (anything other than a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen) among Millennial home buyers, with 86 percent of them reporting that it is a desirable (36 percent) or essential/must have (50 percent) room (Figure 1). This data comes from a recent NAHB report, What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 Edition), which is based... Read More &rsaquo […]