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Housing Starts Up 30 Percent From Last Year

According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, privately-owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 717,000. That’s 2.6 percent above March’s revised number and 29.9 percent above April 2011. Single-family housing starts were also up in April, rising 2.3 percent from the month before. And though total building permits fell after rising 4.5 percent in March, single-family authorizations were at a rate of 475,000, which is a 1.9 percent increase over March’s revised figure of 466,000. More here.

New Home Sales Up 7.5 Percent From March 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Residential Sales Report for March 2012 shows that sales of new single-family homes are up 7.5 percent over the previous year’s pace. According to the report, new home sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 328,000, which is 7.1 percent below February’s revised rate of 353,000 but a significant improvement over last March’s estimate of 305,000. February’s estimate was revised up from an originally reported 313,000, making that month’s sales pace the fastest since November 2009. Also, the median sales price of new houses sold during the month was $234,500; the average sales price was $291,200. At the current sales pace, there was a 5.3 month supply of new homes available for sale at the end of March. More here.

Building Permits Up 4.5 Percent In March

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Residential Construction report for March shows permits to build privately-owned housing units rose 4.5 percent in March. Permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 747,000, which is 30.1 percent above last March’s estimate. But though permits were up for the month, housing starts fell 5.8 percent from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000. Still, new residential construction is 10.3 percent above last year’s level and single-family housing starts were down just 0.2 percent for the month, which indicates the decline was due largely to a drop in multifamily construction. Also in the report, housing completions rose 4.2 percent in March. More here.

Housing Starts Dip, Building Permits Surge In February

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new residential construction statistics for February show housing starts down 1.1 percent from January but still nearly 35 percent above the year before. Despite the slight dip in new construction, building permits for future construction rose to their highest level since October 2008. Permits to build privately-owned housing units jumped 5.1 percent over January’s revised rate and are 34.3 percent above the February 2011 estimate. Single-family authorizations climbed 4.9 percent to a rate if 472,000, up from January’s figure of 450,000. More here.

New Home Sales Mainly Flat In January

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Residential Sales report for January shows sales of new single-family homes were 0.9 below December’s upwardly revised annual rate of 324,000. The revision to December’s rate, previously reported to be 307,000, put that month’s sales pace at a year-long high. And, despite slipping from last month, January’s sales pace exceeded economists’ expectations and were 3.5 percent above last year. The median sales price of new houses sold in January was $217,000, up from $210,300 in December. At the end of the month, there was a 5.6-month supply of new homes for sale at the current sales pace. More here.

Housing Starts, Permits Increase In January

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new residential construction statistics for January show privately-owned housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 699,000, exceeding economists’ expectations. The increase put starts 1.5 percent above December and 9.9 percent above the year before, when the annual rate was 636,000. Permits to build rose 0.7 percent over December and are 19.0 percent above January 2011. More here.

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Vacancy Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since 2006

A U.S. Census Bureau report on fourth-quarter vacancy and homeownership rates shows vacancies among non-rental housing at levels last seen in 2006. The national vacancy rate for single-family homes dropped to 2.3 percent during the fourth-quarter of 2011, down from 2.7 percent the year before. Declining vacancies suggest inventory is beginning to clear, which should have a positive effect on home prices. The drop is due, in part, to rising home sales and fewer foreclosures. Also, the Census Bureau reports that the homeownership rate fell 0.3 percent from the third quarter to 66.0 percent. More here and here.

New Home Sales Slow After Three Months Of Gains

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau’s New Residential Sales report for December shows new home sales slowed after three consecutive months of gains. According to the report, sales of new single-family houses were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 307,000 units, which is 2.2 percent below November’s rate of 314,000. The Census Bureau estimates there were 302,000 new homes sold in 2011. December’s median sales price was $210,300; the average price was $266,000. There were 157,000 new homes for sale at the end of the month, which is a 6.1-month supply at the current sales rate. More here.

Single-Family Housing Starts, Permits Rise In December

According to new residential construction estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, single-family housing starts rose 4.4 percent in December. Building permits for single-family homes were also up for the month, rising 1.8 percent. Despite the gains, total housing starts fell 4.1 percent due to a drop in construction of multifamily homes. Year-over-year, housing starts were 24.9 percent above December 2010 and building permits were 7.8 percent above the previous year’s levels. There were an estimated 583,900 housing units completed in 2011. More here.

New Home Sales Up 10 Percent From 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New Residential Sales report for November shows sales of new single-family homes rose 1.6 percent over October’s pace to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000. The improvement puts new-home sales 9.8 percent above last year’s estimate of 287,000. There were 158,000 new homes for sale at the end of the month, which represents a six-month supply at the current sales pace. The median price for a new house in November was $214,000; the average price was $242,900. More here.

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