Tag: housing

Construction Labor Costs Drive Home Prices Up, Pushing Buyers Out

Homebuilders are desperate to build more homes as demand accelerates across the country though they can’t because they simply do not have enough workers. The dearth in labor has squeezed homebuilders who have seen costs rise. It is the rise in labor costs in particular that has some construction firms […]

Five Things to Watch in the February Home Prices Report

The Case Shiller Home Prices Indices for February 2017 will be released on Tuesday morning. Last month’s report saw a 5.9 percent annual gain in the national index for the month of January, up from 5.7 percent in the previous month. Prices are at an all-time high since the housing […]

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Housing Prices Cap Off 2016 With A High

Consumers cast a strong vote of confidence in the Trump administration as they pushed housing prices up with prospects of a growing economy. The Case Shiller National Home Price index, released on February 28, reported a 5.8 percent annual gain from November, faster than last month’s robust gain. Prices increased […]

Housing starts down again in January

U.S. homebuilders started construction on fewer projects in January than in December, continuing a six-year, saw-tooth pattern of ups and downs in housing starts. January housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1.065 million units, 2 percent below the downwardly revised December estimate of 1.087 million. Economists […]