NAHB Predicts Slow and Steady Climb in 2014


The NAHB, in the January issue of Builder Magazine, reports that during 2014, residential permits, housing starts,and new homes sales showed the housing recovery was very strong through August, tempered in the fall and actually slowed when compared to 2012 in the last few months of the year. New homes price appreciation appears to have peaked in June/July of 2013 and has subsequently retreated slightly. The NAHB, as a result, has adjusted their annual Housing Start Forecast down 2% for 2013 and to 1.3 million for 2014 instead of the 1.6 million originally projected.

Economists attribute unsustainable price increases in some markets, a pull forward in demand during the spring and summer, and an increase in interest rates as the reasons for the “pause” we are experiencing in new construction sales and starts. They are still projecting healthy growth in new home sales in 2014, however. 2013 new-home sales are expected to be 437,000 units which is an increase of 19% over 2012, and the prediction is for another 22% increase in 2014.

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