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New Residential Housing Starts Below October Forecast

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have now published their findings for October new residential housing starts. The latest reading of 1.106M was below the Investing.com forecast of 1.160M. Here is the opening of this morning's monthly report: Privately-owned housing starts in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,060,000. This is 11.0 percent (±13.5%)* below the revised September estimate of 1,191,000 and is 1.8 percent (±11.2%)* below the October 2014 rate of 1,079,000. Single-family housing starts in October were at a rate of 722,000; this is 2.4 percent (±9.9%)* below the revised September figure of 740,000. The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 327,000.[link to report] Here is the historical series for total privately-owned housing starts, which dates from 1959. Because of the extreme volatility of the monthly data points, a 6-month moving average has been included. The Population-Adjusted Reality Here is the data with a simple population adjustment. The Census Bureau's mid-month population estimates show substantial growth in the US population since 1959. Here is a chart of housing starts as a percent of the population. We've added a linear regression through the monthly data to highlight the trend.

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The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have now published their findings for October new residential housing starts.

The latest reading of 1.106M was below the Investing.com forecast of 1.160M.

Here is the opening of this morning's monthly report:

Privately-owned housing starts in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,060,000. This is 11.0 percent (±13.5%)* below the revised September estimate of 1,191,000 and is 1.8 percent (±11.2%)* below the October 2014 rate of 1,079,000.

Single-family housing starts in October were at a rate of 722,000; this is 2.4 percent (±9.9%)* below the revised September figure of 740,000. The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 327,000.[link to report]

Here is the historical series for total privately-owned housing starts, which dates from 1959. Because of the extreme volatility of the monthly data points, a 6-month moving average has been included.

New Residential Housing Starts Below October Forecast

The Population-Adjusted Reality

Here is the data with a simple population adjustment. The Census Bureau's mid-month population estimates show substantial growth in the US population since 1959. Here is a chart of housing starts as a percent of the population. We've added a linear regression through the monthly data to highlight the trend.

New Residential Housing Starts Below October Forecast

A Footnote on Volatility

The extreme volatility of this monthly indicator is the rationale for paying more attention to its 6-month moving average than to its noisy monthly change. Over the complete data series, the absolute MoM average percent change is 6.3%. The MoM range minimum is -26.4% and the maximum is 29.3%.

For visual confirmation of the volatility, here is a snapshot of the monthly percent change since 1990.

New Residential Housing Starts Below October Forecast


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Jill Mislinski
Jill has been working with Advisor Perspectives since 2012 and is currently their Research Director as part of Doug Short’s team. Her background is in mathematics and physics and she holds a Master of Science in Physical Science with a concentration in physics and astronomy from the University of Chicago.

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