Industry News

Growth Rate for Residential Construction Loans Picks Up

Tom Oslund

The volume of residential construction loans increased by 2.4% during the third quarter of 2017, marking 18 consecutive quarters of growth. While the year-over-year growth rate has slowed, the uptick in the quarterly growth rate is good news for home building.

Tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans has been a limiting factor for home building...

Builder Confidence Climbs to 8-Month High in November

Tom Oslund

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in November on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest report since March, and the second highest on record since July 2005.

“November’s builder confidence reading is close to a post-recession high — a strong indicator that the housing market continues to...

Millennial Home Buyers Send a Chill Through Rental Markets

Tom Oslund

Rising homeownership is adding to the jitters in the residential rental market, which has slumped recently after a long stretch near the top of the commercial real-estate industry.

For most of the current economic expansion, declining ownership rates have enabled landlords of apartments and single-family homes to raise rents far faster than the pace of inflation. Demand has been fueled...

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