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Why The Time May Be Right For New Home Construction To Accelerate

By Odeta Kushi on November 8, 2019

Thus far in 2019, the story of the housing market has been a tale of strong housing demand and limited supply. On the demand side, steadily rising house-buying power has fueled greater demand. Falling mortgage rates and rising household income sparked a nearly 12.6 percent increase in house-buying power year to date through September. The...

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Topics: Housing New Home Buying housing starts

Interview On Nightly Business Report: Discussing Surge In Potential Housing Supply

By FirstAm Editor on September 24, 2019

First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi was interviewed on Nightly Business Report last week and discussed the dramatic jump in housing starts to a 12-year high, signaling the potential for some housing supply relief in the near future.

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Topics: Housing In The News Interest Rates housing starts

What Will It Take To Reduce The Housing Supply Deficit?

By Mark Fleming on March 6, 2019

Last week, the Census Bureau released its Residential Construction report for December. Housing completions decreased 8.4 percent compared with last December and continued to fall short of the number of new housing units necessary to keep pace with household formation. Housing starts also decreased 10.9 percent in December compared with a year...

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Topics: Housing Insider housing starts Homeownership

Will Homebuilders Deliver The Gift Of More Housing Supply This Year?

By Mark Fleming on December 19, 2018

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released its Residential Construction report for November. Housing completions decreased 3.9 percent compared with last November and continue to fall short of the number of new housing units necessary to keep pace with household formation. Housing starts also decreased 3.6 percent in November compared with a year...

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Topics: Housing Insider housing starts Homeownership

Can Homebuilders Increase Productivity To Help Close Gap Between Housing Supply And Demand?

By Mark Fleming on November 21, 2018

Yesterday’s Census Bureau report for October indicated that we are falling short of adding homes to the market in the short-term, as completions decreased 6.5 percent compared with October of last year.

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Topics: Housing Insider housing starts Homeownership

What Recent Hurricanes Mean For Future Housing Supply?

By Mark Fleming on October 19, 2018

Wednesday’s Census Bureau report on new residential construction data for September sends a mixed message to the housing market. Current home buyers received a lift as completions jumped 7.0 percent compared to September of last year, which is additional new net supply added to the housing stock. The continued year-over-year growth in...

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Topics: Housing Insider housing starts Homeownership