Resources & Statistics

I. Data Compilations

GOVERNMENT

http://www.hud.gov/homes/homesforsale.cfm

HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Housing Market Conditions (Quarterly compendium of housing data):
http://www.huduser.org/periodicals/ushmc.html

Census Bureau
Web portal for Census Bureau data releases, which include a number of housing-related statistics:
http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm

INDUSTRY

National Association of Home Builders
Web portal for the latest housing-related data:
http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/landing/sectionID=113

 

 

II. House Prices and Affordability

HOUSE PRICE INDEXES AND LEVELS

GOVERNMENT

FHFA
Quarterly House Price Indexes for the U.S., Census Divisions, States, and Metropolitan Areas
HPI

Federal Reserve Board
Economists at the Federal Reserve Board conduct innovative research on a broad range of topics in economics and finance. In addition to presenting their research to policymakers, Board economists share their research at academic conferences and publish it in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly outlets
http://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/default.htm


Census Bureau
Quarterly Constant-Quality House Price Index (CQHPI) for New Homes:
http://www.census.gov/const/price_sold.pdf

Note: FHFA’s House Price Index is sometimes referred to as a constant-quality index, but is computed using a different methodology than this Census Bureau index. Also, importantly, the CQHPI is calculated using a relative small sample of new homes. FHFA’s index is calculated using a larger sample and is focused on existing homes.


Federal Housing Finance Agency
Monthly mean and median home prices for the U.S.
These statistics are computed using loan-level survey data from the Finance Board’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey (MIRS):
http://www.fhfb.gov/Default.aspx?Page=52 (for recent data)
http://www.fhfb.gov/Default.aspx?Page=53 (for older data)

Note: Changes in the Enterprises’ conforming loan limits are a function of annual growth in average home prices as reported in the Finance Board’s October survey.

 

III. Home Sale Volumes and Inventories

GOVERNMENT

Census Bureau
Monthly sales estimates for new homes by region and stage of construction:
http://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/newressales.pdf

Monthly new home sales inventories for the U.S.:
http://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/newressales.pdf

 

IV. Housing Stock, Starts, Construction, and Remodeling

VALUE AND NUMBER OF EXISTING HOMES

GOVERNMENT

Census Bureau
Decennial estimates for the number of attached and detached housing units by state 1940-2000:
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/census/historic/units.html

Note: OFHEO’s U.S. HPI is constructed as a weighted average of census division indexes, where the weights are the Year 2000 estimate of the number of one-unit, detached properties as reflected in the first column of the table.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Annual estimate of the total value of residential fixed assets (see Table 5.1):
http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=10&step=1#reqid=10&step=1&isuri=1

NEW CONSTRUCTION

GOVERNMENT

Census Bureau
Monthly estimates of building permits, housing starts, and housing completions in the U.S. and the four regions:
http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/pdf/newresconst.pdf

Monthly estimate of total expenditures on construction activities (including on residential properties):
http://www.census.gov/const/C30/release.pdf

New Home characteristics (square footage, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, etc.) by year:
http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/


Bureau of Economic Analysis
Quarterly Estimates for residential fixed investments:
http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm (See Table 1)

INDUSTRY

National Association of Home Builders
Quarterly, survey-based index of remodeling activity. The publication includes seasonally adjusted measures of current and expected strength in remodeling activity:
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=136

HOME REMODELING AND REPAIR

GOVERNMENT

Census Bureau
Quarterly estimate of total U.S. expenditures on residential improvements and repairs:
http://www.census.gov/construction/c50/c50index.html#

Biennial estimates of total U.S. expenditures on home alterations and improvements (data are calculated using the American Housing Survey):
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ahs/nationaldata.html

 

V. Mortgage Markets

PRIMARY MORTGAGE MARKET VOLUMES

GOVERNMENT

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Net Change in Mortgages Outstanding (Table F. 217):
http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/current/z1.pdf

Total Outstanding Mortgages (Table L. 217):
http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/current/z1.pdf

 

INTEREST RATES

GOVERNMENT

Federal Housing Finance Board (FHFB)
Monthly average mortgage rates calculated for different mortgage terms from FHFB’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey (MIRS):
http://www.fhfb.gov/Default.aspx?Page=52 (for recent data)
http://www.fhfb.gov/Default.aspx?Page=53 (for older data)

INDUSTRY

Freddie Mac
Weekly average mortgage commitment rates calculated from Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey:
http://www.freddiemac.com/dlink/html/PMMS/display/PMMSOutputYr.jsp?year=2007

INDUSTRY

Freddie Mac
Monthly, survey-based measure of the share of mortgages having adjustable mortgages rates:
http://www.freddiemac.com/news/finance/docs/monthly_arm.xls

Monthly, survey-based measure of the share of mortgages from refinances:
http://www.freddiemac.com/news/finance/docs/monthly_refi.xls

 

SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET VOLUMES

GOVERNMENT

FHFA
Annual review of developments in the housing sector, activity in the primary and secondary mortgage markets, and the financial performance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. An appendix provides tables with historical data on the activities and performance of the Enterprises, federally-established loan limits, mortgage interest rates, housing activity, and regional and national home prices, which provide a context for the survey of recent activity provided in the paper:
“Mortgage Markets and the Enterprises in 2006″

INDUSTRY

Freddie Mac
Monthly mortgages purchases and issuances of MBS:
http://www.freddiemac.com/investors/volsum/