Housing Starts Archive

Latest Housing Starts (April 2015)

New home construction is desperately needed to alleviate the on-going inventory shortage in much of the country.  Good news!  Housing starts rose decisively in April.  The growth in new home construction will further help expand employment in the construction...

Latest Housing Starts (February 2015)

Housing starts tumbled in February.  The snowy weather was the reason since the declines were much deeper in the Northeast and the Midwest regions compared to the South and the West regions where the cold weather was less of...

Latest Housing Starts in January 2015

New home construction activity in January was notably higher versus one year ago.  But the momentum stalled as month-to-month activity fell even after accounting for normal winter seasonal factors.  Overall assessment is that new home construction is still woefully...

Latest Housing Starts (December 2014)

Single-family housing starts in December reached their highest monthly activity in nearly 7 years.  Still, the increase is coming off very depressed levels and another 50 percent jump is needed to help relieve a potential housing shortage. Multi-family starts...

Home Price Comparison: New versus Existing

Newly constructed homes are carrying a hefty premium over existing homes.  The gap, which historically had been 15 to 20 percent, has in recent years widened to 30 to 40 percent.  That suggests either existing home prices are much...