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Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

by Calculated Risk on 7/04/2011 03:43:00 PM

Happy 4th of July!

Just thinking out loud (and enjoying the day) ...

All year I've been forecasting an increase in multi-family starts - and that is already happening.  Multi-family starts are on a 156,000 annual pace over the first 5 months of 2011 compared to 115,700 starts for all of 2010.  Historical this is a low level, but this is a nice increase over last year.

Now I'm starting to wonder if we will see a little increase in new home sales and single family housing starts in the 2nd half of 2011 on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis.

On a Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) basis, home sales and starts will probably decline in the 2nd half of 2011 (compared to the first half), but there is a strong seasonal pattern for new home sales and single family starts. The "strong" season for new home sales usually runs from March through July, and for starts from April through September or October.

We already know there was a weak homebuying season and the homebuilders are depressed. But I suspect sales (and starts) will not decline as much as usual in the 2nd half of 2011, and that would mean an increase in sales on a seasonally adjusted basis.

I'm not looking for a strong increase in sales - and we sure don't want the homebuilders starting a bunch of speculative homes - but we might see a little pickup seasonally adjusted. In 2nd half of 2010, new home sales were at a record low 140 thousand homes (Q3 and Q4), and I suspect this year will be stronger. Just a gut feeling at this point ... I'll try to add some supporting data over the next few weeks.

Summary for Week Ending July 1st
Unofficial Problem Bank list at 1,003 Institutions and State Stress Level
Schedule for Week of July 3rd