As we warn year after, Housing is extremely seasonal. This part of the calendar is expected to slip straight thru to January — mostly in EHS, but we will also see it in New Homes Sales, Permits and Starts.
Add to this the sunsetting government subsidies — $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers, and the eventual removal of ZIRP — and you have a recipe for slowing Permits, Starts, and Sales. Yesterday saw the National Association of Home Builder’s confidence index declined for the month of October.
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 573,000. This is 1.2 percent (±1.8%)* below the revised August rate of 580,000 and is 28.9 percent (±2.2%) below the September 2008 estimate of 806,000.
Single-family authorizations in September were at a rate of 450,000; this is 3.0 percent (±1.0%) below the revised August figure of 464,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 104,000 in September.
Privately-owned housing starts in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 590,000. This is 0.5 percent (±9.9%)* above the revised August estimate of 587,000, but is 28.2 percent (±6.7%) below the September 2008 rate of 822,000. Single-family housing starts in September were at a rate of 501,000; this is 3.9 percent (±9.3%)* above the revised August figure of482,000. The September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 78,000.
Privately-owned housing completions in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 693,000. This is 10.2 percent (±10.4%)* below the revised August estimate of 772,000 and is 39.6 percent (±5.7%) below the September 2008 rate of 1,148,000. Single-family housing completions in September were at a rate of 464,000; this is 8.3 percent (±14.3%)* below the revised August figure of 506,000. The September rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 210,000.
NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION IN SEPTEMBER 2009
Homebuilder Confidence in U.S. Unexpectedly Decreases
Bloomberg October 19, 2009