Category Archives: Home & Garden

U.S. Household Balance Sheet Continues to Recover in Q3 2018

The third quarter Federal Reserve Flow of Funds report showed continued improvement in the financial position of U.S. households with real estate, as the market

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Custom Home Building Annual Share

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), the custom home share declined to 20 percent of all single family homes started

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Headline Inflation Flat in November

The pace of headline inflation slowed from 0.3% in October to 0.0% in November as energy prices declined sharply. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), reported

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OSB, Lumber, and Gypsum Lead Building Materials Prices Lower in November

Softwood lumber prices fell 3.0% in November the second consecutive decrease for the index to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released by the Bureau

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Non-Revolving Debt Drives Consumer Credit Growth

Preliminary consumer credit data for October 2018 released by the Federal Reserve Board’s G.19 Consumer Credit report indicate an increase in outstanding credit of about

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Job Market Slowed in November

After a big job gain last month, hiring slowed in November. Total employment increased by 155,000 and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. Residential

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Nation’s Stock of Second Homes

According to NAHB estimates, the total count of second homes was 7.4 million, accounting for 5.6% of the total housing stock in 2016. This analysis

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Active Home Buyers are Spending Significant Amounts of Time Looking for the Right Home

In the third quarter of 2018, 13% of adults in NAHB’s Housing Trends Report* poll report planning to purchase a home in the next 12

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Most Homes For-Sale are Unaffordable to Most People

Affordability continues to be a serious constraint for prospective home buyers.  One way to find out buyers’ perception about this issue is to ask them

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30-Year Mortgage Rate At The Highest Level In Nearly Eight Years

Information compiled by Freddie Mac shows that mortgage rates are continuing to increase after a slight slowdown in the summer months. The 30-year FRM –

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