Housing Economics

Housing Economics

NAHB provides in-depth economic analysis of the most significant issues and latest trends driving the housing industry.

Building Materials Prices Climbed 5.4% in 2020

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Only twice during the course of 2020 did overall prices decline for residential construction materials. Softwood lumber prices experienced the most volatility and reached historic highs. Data from Random Lengths suggests lumber prices will rise even more through January. 

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Data at a Glance

NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI)

The HMI offers an insider’s perspective on the current state of housing. Each month, builder sentiment about the present and near-term housing market is depicted on a scale of 0 to 100, indicating the portion of builders experiencing positive market conditions.

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Housing’s Economic Impact

Housing impacts local economies. See estimates of the jobs, income, and taxes generated from typical single family and multifamily housing projects. These reports can be customized for your area.

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National Statistics

The latest on starts and permits, home sales, lumber prices, mortgage rates and more.

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State and Local Data

Regional reporting of building permits, home sales, employment and workforce demand.

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Forecasts

Analysis from NAHB economists on the current and future state of housing.

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Indices

Exclusive NAHB surveys provide insights from several sectors throughout the industry.

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Estimating Tools

Economic models help determine rent costs, home prices and housing affordability.

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Special Studies

Detailed research on a wide variety of topics related to the U.S. housing market.

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