Despite End of Gov’t Shutdown, Consumer Confidence Drops in March

In the latest report on consumer confidence, The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index showed a significant drop in overall confidence in the month of March. The Conference Board characterized this drop as “unexpected.” Economists are taking note of this result … Continue reading

Dramatic Changes in Features New Home Buyers Want (Like Tech)

Outdoor Kitchens & Media Rooms are Out, Walk-in Closets & Programmable Thermostats are In The National Association of Home Builders has completed a comprehensive survey of home builders to learn what features home buyers are asking for in homes being … Continue reading

A Major Housing Starts Surprise – Highest Level in 4 Years

The U.S.Commerce Department released new data today detailing an unexpected uptick in housing “starts” or the number of homes that had begun construction during the month of October. According to the report, starts in October increased to a seasonally adjusted … Continue reading

After Years of Free-Fall, Housing Finds a Solid Bottom It Can Build From

The U.S. Commerce Department released the latest data on new residential construction today and the results caught most off-guard as it was significantly better than expected with September overall housing starts increasing to 872,000 units – an amazing 15% over … Continue reading

Builders’ Construction Forecast Event for Media Has Powerful Data & Surprises

On Tuesday, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held a webinar for the media called the 2012 Mid-Year Construction Forecast with presentations from some of the most powerful industry-related economists with fresh data and forecasts…and some surprises. See new construction … Continue reading