Category Archives: Construction

Home Prices Hint at Slow Down

After a long winter of strengthening home prices, the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Report showed some hints of smaller monthly gains. Thirteen of the 20 cities had smaller year-over-year increases in February; in January only nine saw year-over-year numbers drop. The hint of slower growth shouldn’t alarm anyone; rather the biggest concern in housing today may be […]

Where are Home Prices Headed?

Find out tomorrow… S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices will be released at 9 AM Tuesday April 26th. Since last fall home prices across the country have been rising faster than inflation. In the Pacific Northwest prices are rising three to five times faster than inflation.  Analysts question if this can continue and whether home buyers are […]

Live Webcast and Q&A: Rating Methodology And Assumptions For Affordable Multifamily Housing Bonds

Please join Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time for an interactive, live Webcast and Q&A on the recently issued rating methodology and assumptions for affordable multifamily housing bonds. We will discuss the final criteria, the impact on outstanding ratings and answer any questions you may have. […]

U.S. Homebuilders And Building Materials Companies Hold Up Well Amid A Slow Housing Recovery

U.S. Homebuilders Look Forward To A Favorable 2014

A Housing Recovery Is Buttressing U.S. Homebuilders’ Credit Quality

Although the U.S. economic recovery remains tepid and 2012 job growth was lackluster at best, activity in one area—new home sales—was markedly hotter, jumping 20% in 2012 compared with 2011. Contributing to this growth were record home affordability, rising apartment rents, an increase in household formations, and a limited supply of existing homes for sale. […]

U.S. Housing And Residential Mortgage Finance 2013 Outlook: The Nascent Recovery Is Likely To Continue

The U.S. housing market continues to show signs of recovery, outpacing the relatively weak U.S. economic recovery. Standard & Poor’s baseline forecast assumes that the U.S. economy will continue to grow slowly in 2013, avoiding any substantial negative economic impact from the looming fiscal cliff and growing federal deficit. The U.S. economy grew 3.1% in […]

Why The Outlook For U.S. Homebuilders Is Stable

U.S. Construction Spending Fell 0.6% In August

U.S. construction spending fell by 0.6% month-over-month in August, much weaker than the 0.5% gain expected by consensus and the second straight monthly decline after three consecutive months of gains. It is still up 6.5% over last August, and comes after a revised 0.4% decline in July (was down 0.9%). Total private construction was down […]

Economic Research: Spain’s Housing Market May Need Four More Years To Rebalance

House prices in Spain are a key variable in the performance of the country’s economy. The housing boom built up unsustainable imbalances, such as an oversupply of dwellings, which will need to fully correct before a sustainable recovery takes place. The unwinding has begun: House prices have dropped 22% in nominal terms between first-quarter 2008 […]

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