The Census Bureau reported the November 2019 U.S. spending rate for U.S. construction is 4.1% above 2018’s rate for last November. According to the report construction spending amounted to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.324 trillion.
Out of the total construction spending, spending on private construction was 1.6% above November 2018’s and is at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $985.5 billion. Residential construction spending came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $536.1 in November making it 2.7% up from a year ago.
“Single-family builders are currently reporting ongoing positive conditions, spurred in part by low mortgage rates and continued job growth,” NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde said. “In a further sign of solid demand, this is the fourth consecutive month where at least half of all builders surveyed have reported positive buyer traffic conditions.
Homebuilders are confident in the current housing market. The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo suggest the sentiment levels are at 70 points making the rate the second-highest level in 2019. The points are 10 points higher than reported this time in 2018.
The positive housing market is expected to continue in 2020. This forecast is based upon the number of applications for new building permits which were at the highest level in November 2019 than they have been in a decade.
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