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Vital Information About the Housing Market Made Available to Stakeholders

Photo of Housing permits, starts, and completions, 1968-2012, in thousands. Delton Alderman, USDA Forest ServiceHousing permits, starts, and completions, 1968-2012, in thousands. Delton Alderman, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Historically, the U. S. housing segment utilizes a substantial quantity of forest products. A Forest Service scientist analyzed the pertinent data and provided an annual report of vital information about the housing market and the overall U.S. economy. As a result, architects, associations, banking professionals, builders, primary and secondary manufacturers, real estate professionals, federal and state entitie, and investment professionals can all obtain the information they need on the housing market.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Alderman, Delton 
Research Location : West Virginia
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 500


Housing is an important component of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and overall economy. Housing contributions to the GDP are valued in two discrete means: private residential investment and consumption spending of housing services. Residential investment includes construction of new single-family and multifamily structures, residential remodeling, manufactured house production, and brokers' fees. Consumption spending on housing services includes gross rents, which include utilities, paid by renters and owners' imputed rent. Historically, residential investment has averaged roughly 5 percent of GDP, while housing services have averaged between 12 and 13 percent, for a combined 17 to 18 percent of GDP. These proportions tend to vary during business cycles. This Forest Service report provides data on permits, starts, completions, house pricing, and new and existing house sales. More importantly, macro factors that affect the housing market are included: U.S. and world economies, demographics, delinquent, foreclosed, and shadow inventory, employment, and housing design trends. In addition, commentary from notable professionals is included.

Additional Resources

United States housing, 2012(publication)

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