Homebuilding slows, plagued by labor and materials shortages
Housing starts and building permits both ticked down in September, with shortages of labor and building materials keeping a lid on activity.
Why it matters: Home prices have risen rapidly over the last year, as the pandemic reshuffled where we live and work — leading many Americans to relocate.
- The supply of existing homes on the market is constrained, so more new homes are needed to meet the demand.
By the numbers: Housing starts in September fell by 1.6% from August. Consensus expectations were for a 0.45% gain.
- Building permits, an indicator for future housing starts, fell 7.7%, compared to expectations for a 1.2% decline.
- The number of homes authorized, but not yet started, moved down slightly, but remains near the record high reached in June.
What we're watching: Existing home sales data is out Thursday, which will provide an update on inventories and price movement. In August, supply went down and prices ebbed.