Category Archives: Home & Garden

Core Inflation Ticks Up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that prices faced by urban consumers rose by 0.1 percent over the month of October, slowing down from the

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Declining New Home Size Trend Continues

After increasing and leveling off in recent years, new single-family home size continued along a general trend of decreasing size during the third quarter of 2017. This change

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Builder Confidence Climbs to 8-Month High in November

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in November on the National Association of Home

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OSB Price Declines Consistent with Random Lengths Data

The price of OSB fell 1.0% in October, in contrast to prices paid for softwood lumber (+2.3%), gypsum products (+0.3%) and ready-mix concrete (+0.2%), which

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Fed Survey Confirms Broader Economic Improvement

Information provided by the Federal Reserve Board in its October 2017 release of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) indicates that lending standards on

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How Much Water Homes Use

The residential sector accounts for less than 8 percent of water used in the U.S., according to a recent study published by NAHB. The recent NAHB study draws

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Los Angeles Takes Top Spot as Nation’s Least Affordable Housing Market

San Francisco, which has been the nation’s least affordable major housing market for nearly five years, was supplanted by Los Angeles in the third quarter

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Market Share of 5,000+ Square Foot Homes Declines

According to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction, the share of new homes started with 5,000 square feet or more of living space stood at

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Construction Job Openings in September

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector declined in September. Given the significant need for repair and restoration work in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey

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LMI Indicates Continued Improvement Across The Country In The Third Quarter

According to the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), 84 percent, 282 metropolitan statistical areas, recorded growth in their LMI Score over the third quarter of 2017.

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