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shutterstock_358857491A new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) analysis reveals that single-family construction spending continued to grow in October 2017, climbing 0.3 percent for the month.

The NAHB analyzed Census Construction Spending Data and found that the strong single-family construction spending gains were also helping shore up total private residential construction spending, which grew 0.4 percent in October, following a 0.2 percent decrease in September 2017. That amounts to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $517.7 billion. Overall, total private residential construction spending was 7.4 percent higher in October than it was a year prior.

NAHB’s construction spending index, seen below, charts changes in single-family construction spending, multi-family construction spending, and home improvement spending since 2000. All three have been trending upwards for most of the decade. For comparison’s sake, in October 2017 remodeling spending was also on the rise, leaping up 1.4 percent. Multifamily construction spending dipped for the month, however, slipping to 1.6 percent—2 percent lower than a year prior.


As highlighted by a November 2017 Migration Report published by Redfin.com, residential construction spending has also been driving increased migration to various cities around the country. According to Redfin’s analysis, the top 10 cities with the highest net inflow include San Diego, California; Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Tampa, Florida; and Miami, Florida.

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About Author: David Wharton

David Wharton, Editor-in-Chief at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has nearly 20 years' experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. He can be reached at [email protected]

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