Builder Confidence Hits 11-Year High

    In many areas of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers looking to purchase their dream homes. Experts have long proposed that a ramp-up in new, single-family home construction would be one of the many ways to overcome this inventory shortage.  According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo, housing market confidence amongst builders reached an 11-year high last month.  What Does High Confidence Mean for the Housing Market?  In a recent interview, Rob Dietz, Chief Economist and SVP for NAHB, put it this way:  “Higher market confidence will translate into more building and more inventory in 2017. We expect single-family construction to grow 10 percent next year.” With 2016 marking the best year in real estate sales in over a decade, a 10 percent ramp-up in single-family construction will only aid in making 2017 an even greater year.  According to the latest US Census data, sales of newly constructed homes were up 3.7% over January 2016 as they reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000. Dietz went on to comment:  “We can expect further growth in new home sales throughout the year, spurred on by employment gains and a rise in household formations. As the supply of existing homes remains tight, more consumers will turn to new construction.” Bottom Line  With the weather and the real estate market heating up this spring, there will be a surge of new construction coming to the market soon.

    In many areas of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers looking to purchase their dream homes. Experts have long proposed that a ramp-up in new, single-family home construction would be one of the many ways to overcome this inventory shortage.

    According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo, housing market confidence amongst builders reached an 11-year high last month.

    What Does High Confidence Mean for the Housing Market?

    In a recent interview, Rob Dietz, Chief Economist and SVP for NAHB, put it this way:

    “Higher market confidence will translate into more building and more inventory in 2017. We expect single-family construction to grow 10 percent next year.”

    With 2016 marking the best year in real estate sales in over a decade, a 10 percent ramp-up in single-family construction will only aid in making 2017 an even greater year.

    According to the latest US Census data, sales of newly constructed homes were up 3.7% over January 2016 as they reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000. Dietz went on to comment:

    “We can expect further growth in new home sales throughout the year, spurred on by employment gains and a rise in household formations. As the supply of existing homes remains tight, more consumers will turn to new construction.”

    Bottom Line

    With the weather and the real estate market heating up this spring, there will be a surge of new construction coming to the market soon.

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    Jordan is a recent graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University where he received his BA in Multimedia Communications while also playing football all four years that he was enrolled. Jordan has experience in writing and photography from his time working for the school newspaper, Lenoir-Rhyne News (LRN). He also has marketing experience with WLRZ 99.3 where Jordan produced and aired PSAs and was in charge of marketing with the social media accounts. He was a part of the marketing team for the Lenoir Oiler's baseball team as well where he had a lot of the same responsibilities. Now Jordan works at Rinehart Realty where he is increasing his experience by posting blogs, maintaining social media accounts, and working directly under the Director of Marketing.

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