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Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Ends Fourth Quarter on a Record High

Posted by Liberty Homes on Feb 4, 2014 1:13:13 AM

February 3, 2014 - Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for the fourth quarter of 2013 is up sharply, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. All segments of the market—single-family homes, condominiums and multifamily rental—registered strong increases compared to the same quarter a year ago. The single-family index increased 20 points to a level of 48, which is the highest fourth-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008 and the ninth consecutive quarter of year over year improvements.

“We are seeing continued improvement in the 55+ housing market because consumers have gained confidence in the economy and are able to sell their current homes and move into a new home or an apartment that fits the lifestyle they desire,” said Robert Karen, chairman of NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council and managing member of the Symphony Development Group. “We expect this optimism from builders and developers to carry on into 2014.”

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Topics: NAHB, Liberty News, Chief economist, HMI, Single-family detached home, Condominium, Real estate economics, Sales, National Association of Home Builders

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in Second Quarter

Posted by Liberty Homes on Sep 17, 2013 2:26:39 AM

(NAHB, 2013) - Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed strong continued improvement in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index increased 24 points to a level of 53, which is the highest second-quarter number since the inception of the index in 2008 and the seventh consecutive quarter of year over year improvements.

“Builders and developers for the 55+ housing sector are feeling optimistic as they are seeing more consumers return to the marketplace,” said Robert Karen, chairman of NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council and managing member of the Symphony Development Group. “With existing home prices rising, consumers are able to sell their current homes and make the move toward either purchasing a home or renting an apartment that is designed to more specifically suit their lifestyle.”

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Topics: Liberty News, Chief economist, HMI, Single-family detached home, Real estate economics, National Association of Home Builders, Index (economics), aging in place

Setting the Record Straight on the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Posted by Liberty Homes on Aug 1, 2013 2:19:53 AM

NAHB, 2013 - As the Senate examines existing tax policies as part of its “blank slate” approach to tax reform, and as the House Ways and Means Committee continues its review of the tax code, it is appropriate to keep in mind the importance of the mortgage interest deduction (MID) as a middle-class tax provision that makes it possible for many families to achieve homeownership. It is also useful to review some of the claims against the MID to determine if those claims are valid. Economists at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) have analyzed data from the IRS and the Census Bureau, as well as estimates from other sources, to assess the validity of these claims.

Claim #1: The wealthy get most of the benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.

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Topics: United States Congress Joint Committee on Taxation, NAHB, Consumer Expenditure Survey, Liberty News, United States House Committee on Ways and Means, Home mortgage interest deduction, Adjusted gross income, United States, National Association of Home Builders

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