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[link]Bloomberg,http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-2 ... -2008.html[/link]





Confidence at Five-Year High as U.S. Housing Climbs





Consumer confidence climbed to the highest level in more than five years and home prices advanced by the most in seven as the housing rebound gives the U.S. economy a lift.





The Conference Board’s sentiment index rose to 76.2 in May, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg survey of economists and the highest since February 2008, data from the New York-based private research group showed today. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 10.9 percent in the year to March, the biggest 12-month gain since April 2006.





Rising property and stock values are boosting household finances, helping Americans cope with an increase in the payroll tax and wage gains that have barely kept up with inflation. Stocks climbed as the reports underpinned the outlook for consumer spending and earnings at companies ranging from retailers such as Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM) to homebuilders including PulteGroup Inc (PHM).


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Post by ducktape » Wed May 29, 2013 3:52 pm

There are rarely dramatic changes in life...they are always gradual and slow. It's not like TV or movies.Unfortunately, I disagree. There are often negative dramatic changes, and they're easy to cause, too. It's the positive ones that are gradual, slow, and difficult to accomplish.



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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:42 am

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Housing Starts Rise 17.8% Year-Over-Year In September; 6.3% Up From August



Construction of new homes rose 6.3% in September and permit activity increased, suggesting that the gradual housing recovery is continuing, data released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department shows.



September groundbreakings rose to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 1.017 million, up from August’s revised 957,000. September’s rate was 17.8% higher than the pace of 863,000 one year earlier, and fell within the range expected by economists surveyed ahead of the release by Bloomberg.



Building permits also bumped up 1.5% in September, to an annual (seasonally adjusted) rate of 1.018 million, over August’s revised 1.003 million level. September’s permit numbers are 2.5% above one year earlier.



Despite the increase in September activity in both permitting and housing starts, builders confidence is down slightly, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo. Yesterday the group released its Housing Market Index, which shows that builder confidence in the market for new, single-family homes fell five points, to a level of 54, in October. Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view the market as favorable than as poor.









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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:48 am

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Apartments push up US homebuilding in September



WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding.

The Commerce Department says housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes. Most of the gains came from apartment construction, which increased 18.5 percent after plunging in August.



The sluggish recovery and meager wage growth has left more Americans renting, instead of owning homes. Apartment construction has surged 30.3 percent over the past 12 months, although the pace is volatile from month to month.





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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:52 am

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US new-home sales surge 5.7 percent in August to 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates, Americans purchased new homes in August at the fastest pace in more than seven years.

New-home sales surged 5.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That is the strongest pace since February 2008, near the beginning of the Great Recession. Last month's increase followed an even bigger 12 percent jump in July, according to the government's revised figures.

Healthy hiring and smaller price increases for new homes have finally begun pushing up sales, which were hammered during the Great Recession and recovered slowly even after the downturn ended in 2009. New home sales have soared nearly 22 percent in the past year.

Strong gains in new-home sales could accelerate the economy by boosting home building, which generates construction jobs, demand for more building materials and more spending on landscaping and other services.


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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:50 pm

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U.S. New-Home Sales Drop Sharply, Again

WASHINGTON—Sales of new homes in the U.S. fell steeply at the beginning of 2018, continuing a deceleration in sales seen at the end of last year. ... Purchases of newly-built single-family homes—a relatively narrow slice of all U.S. home sales—dropped 7.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 in January, the Commerce Department said Monday. This bucks the 4.0% increase economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected.

A large drop in new-home sales in the Northeast, which experienced a particularly harsh winter, and in the South appeared to drive the overall nation’s sales lower at the beginning of 2018. Both regions saw the largest declines in more than a year. ... Purchases have now declined four out of the past six months.

From a year earlier, sales also dropped, falling 1.0% in January. The pace of new-home sales remains well below the elevated levels seen before the 2007-09 financial crisis and recession. ... More widely, housing market inventory has been tight, driving up home prices and pricing some potential buyers out of the market. In January, sales of previously owned homes, which represent the bulk of the U.S. market, experienced their sharpest year-over-year drop in more than three years. But in January, at the current sales pace, new-home supply reached 6.1 months, the highest level since the middle of 2014.

Still, home builders’ future expectations of single-family home sales rose to its highest level since the peak of the housing bubble, according to the National Association of Home Builders, suggesting new-home sales could pick up in the coming months. ... The data on home-builder sentiment “now points to solid gains over the next few months, but we’re expecting a softer second half” of the year, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, previously said in a note to clients.


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:40 pm

:twisted: With all those tax cuts families will now be swimming in free cash to buy their dream home...



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Post by Whatever4 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:55 am

I just need one buyer, around the end of March. :pray:


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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:30 am

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Housing affordability weakening at fastest pace in a quarter century

It is the perfect storm: Rising home prices, rising mortgage rates and rising demand are colliding with a critical shortage of homes for sale.

And all of that is slamming housing affordability, which is causing more of today's buyers to overstretch their budgets. This year, affordability – a metric based solely on the amount of the monthly mortgage payment – will weaken at the fastest pace in a quarter century, according to researchers at Arch Mortgage Insurance.

The average mortgage payment, based on the median priced home, increased by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2018 nationally and could go up another 10 percent to 15 percent by the end of the year, according to their report.

Researchers looked at the median-priced home, now $250,000, and estimated price gains this year of 5 percent in addition to mortgage rates going from 4 percent to 5 percent on the 30-year fixed. Other studies that factor in median income also show decreasing affordability because home prices are rising far faster than income growth. ...

With no relief in either inventory or home price appreciation in sight, the housing market is likely to become even more competitive this year.

At some point, however, there will come a breaking point when sales slow, which is already beginning to happen in some cities. Home prices usually lag sales, so if history holds true, price gains should start to ease next year.


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Watch out for that Bubble...


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:37 pm

Seattle and its homless
Amazon Questions Future In Seattle After City Passes Controversial Tax
Katherine Biek
9:30 AM, May 15, 2018
9:37 AM, May 15, 2018

Seattle plans to tax its largest businesses in an effort to combat homelessness.

Its city council voted in favor of a so-called "head tax" Monday. Under it, for-profit companies that earn at least $20 million in annual sales will be taxed $275 per employee each year.

That's about half the original proposed amount, which was opposed by Amazon and more than 130 other businesses.

Amazon even temporarily paused construction of a new office tower on its Seattle campus over the initial proposal.

After Monday's vote, Amazon's vice president said in a statement that the head tax was forcing the company to question its growth in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the online retail giant employs more than 45,000 people in the city, meaning it would be taxed more than $12 million each year.



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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 16, 2018 12:36 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:37 pm
Seattle and its homless
Amazon Questions Future In Seattle After City Passes Controversial Tax
Katherine Biek
9:30 AM, May 15, 2018
9:37 AM, May 15, 2018

Seattle plans to tax its largest businesses in an effort to combat homelessness.

Its city council voted in favor of a so-called "head tax" Monday. Under it, for-profit companies that earn at least $20 million in annual sales will be taxed $275 per employee each year.

That's about half the original proposed amount, which was opposed by Amazon and more than 130 other businesses.

Amazon even temporarily paused construction of a new office tower on its Seattle campus over the initial proposal.

After Monday's vote, Amazon's vice president said in a statement that the head tax was forcing the company to question its growth in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the online retail giant employs more than 45,000 people in the city, meaning it would be taxed more than $12 million each year.
Seattle doesn't have much in the way of unique resources to keep Amazon there. Amazon can manage its business from just about anywhere. That $12 million a year is a considerable incentive to relocate.

Businesses often relocate operations when something they don't like happens be it higher taxes, stiffer regulations or increased union activity.


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Post by AndyinPA » Wed May 16, 2018 12:52 pm

I just want them to stay out of here!

The City of Pittsburgh and Amazon are apparently still in talks, and occasionally things leak out that it's going well. :x

I do not see how they are an asset anywhere. I'm not an Amazon fan. I will go out of my way to shop somewhere else (and often find a better or about the same price).

One of my concerns about them coming to Pittsburgh is what they will do to the housing market here. Compared to most places, it's pretty reasonable. I can see that changing.



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Post by TollandRCR » Wed May 16, 2018 1:16 pm

Amazon is going to love the Wake County side of Research Triangle Park when they set their second HQ there as expected. That old sociologist Howard Odum had a good idea when he conceived the enterprise as an alternative to Vanderbilt's Southern agrarians.

i really wish that i still owned 104 Strawberry Patch in the pines of northern Chatham County. It was a mile or so down the road to the sign advocating "Get the U.S. out of the UN and the UN out of the U.S.". A great pork BBQ place in between was a peaceful meeting ground. A lovely part of the country. The azaleas will knock your socks off, and the wild dogwoods are enchanting, Charlottesville is fine; the Triangle area is smarter and better educated. But Mr. Jefferson is not just in the next room, as Stern will find him to be in Charlottesville.

I was attracted to academia as a kid by the idea of teaching history at the College of William and Mary. Then I discovered that few jobs existed for historians and that William and Mary was a small (but good) presence in American higher education. I think I might have had a great life in that dream, however. Virginia and Outer Banks oysters would have been central, and Phi Beta Kappa would have been my social network. I might have lifted a pint in the Raleigh Tavern if it had ever reopened.

I do hope the Triangle area gets Amazon 2HQ. If not there, Boston.


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