Economic

Housing Starts Rebound Sharply in July

After a disappointing June report, housing starts rebounded to an annual rate of 1.093 million for a 15.7% increase over the upwardly revised June level.

US Economic Expansion Predicted to Last 2 More Years

After a puzzling first-quarter contraction, growth has returned, though the recovery remains the weakest since the second world war.

Top 10 Multifamily New Construction Permit Markets

In June, the annualized rate of multifamily permit activity dropped by double-digit percentage for the second straight month. 

Top 10 States for Sales of New Homes

Here is a look at the last year in New Home Sales by region showing sales have decreased slightly over the past few months.

Outlook Brightening for Housing in Second Half of 2014

Freddie Mac released today its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for July, showing mixed data results for the housing recovery as we head into the second half of the year.

States Where Energy Efficient Framing is in Highest Demand

This interactive heat map that displays how each state ranks for total energy costs, and breaks down average electric, natural gas, and fuel costs from WalletHub's "Most and Least Energy Expensive States" report.

Despite Perceptions, Economy Doing Well

National media recently covered the gap between perception and reality with regard to national economic performance.

Top 10 Markets Where Multiple Generations Form Household

A new Pew Research study looks at household composition, and specifically at the eye-popping increase over the past 34 years in households that host multi-generational family members. The number doubled since 1980.

Post-Recession: Predicting the Next Growth Cycle

This is the recession evaluator graphic that economists use to determine periods of recession, bottom of recessions and periods of growth. 

Despite Housing Start Drop, Significant Construction Increases Predicted

Despite today’s soft number, MetroStudy's Chief Economist Brad Hunter's forecast for the next few years is still calling for significant increases in building activity.