APPLETON, WI: April 4, 2013 – Valley Home Builders Association (VHBA) announced the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) released today again lists Appleton as an improving market for housing. The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months following the respective troughs in those measures. Read the full press release here. UPDATE: In May, VHBA dropped off this index due to a decrease in employment numbers...housing starts are still on the rise -- get details below.
Fox Valley Housing Starts – monthly report (data supplied by MTD Marketing; please cite accordingly when publishing data from this report)
Fox Valley Housing Starts – 2004-2012 annual summary (data supplied by MTD Marketing; please cite accordingly when publishing data from this report)
The Metro Area Impact of Housing in the Appleton, WI MSA -- this 2012 report is the culmination of a study commissioned by VHBA and conducted by the National Association of Home Builders
Comparing Costs to Revenue for Local Governments -- this 2012 report is the second phase of the report above, culminating from the same study commissioned by VHBA and conducted by the National Association of Home Builders
Summary handout -- this document offers simplied summaries of the results from the study above
VHBA Presentation; April 13, 2012 -- slides from an introductory presentation related to the housing market in the Appleton MSA, 2007 - 2011
Midwest Housing Market Conditions, 1st Qtr 2012 -- this excerpt from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Market Condition Report provides information specific to the current housing market in the midwest.
WI Economic Outlook, June 2012 -- a report published by the WI Department of Revenue, Division of Research & Policy that examines the economic conditions in all sectors across the state.
National Survey on Housing & Homeownership -- the results of this May 2011 survey, conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies and Lake Research Partners, make clear that owning a home is still very much a part of the American Dream. Americans believe that homeownership is the single best investment for middle class families and helps provide for their retirement and their children's education. They also believe that a strong housing industry means more jobs and more money in our communities.
The Cook Report -- article by Charlie Cook, June 2011, The Home Front: Despite the housing slump, Americans of all political persuasions have a visceral desire to own their own home.
America's Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building Opportunities -- May 2011 study from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies delves into the current phenomenon that today, both economic conditions and demographic forces are bolstering rental demand. Reversing trends prevailing from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, the housing bust and Great Recession have pushed up the share and number of renter households.
Home Sweet Home. Still. -- April 2011 publication of study results from the Pew Research Center demonstrates that the five-year swoon in home prices has done little to shake the confidence of the American public in the investment value of homeownership. Fully eight-in-ten (81%) adults agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make.
A New Decade of Growth for Remodeling: Improving America's Housing -- a 2011 study from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (very large file)
The State of Housing -- a 2010 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University (large file)
The Impact of Residential Construction on the Economy of WI -- 2009 report commissioned by the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and conducted by the National Association of Home Builders
The Metro Area Impact of Housing in the Appleton, WI MSA -- this 2007 report is the culmination of a study commissioned by VHBA and conducted by the National Association of Home Builders
Comparing Costs to Revenue for Local Governments -- this 2007 report is the second phase of the report above, culminating from the same study commissioned by VHBA and conducted by the National Association of Home Builders
Helpful links to housing and economic data
(these links direct you to third-party web site; VHBA does not warrant the content of these sites)
Eye on Housing -- the National Association of Home Builders' blog on economics and housing policy
Freddie Mac -- economic and housing research weekly commentary
U.S. Census Bureau Construction Price Index
Home Price Index -- this index measures average home appreciation in more than 250 metropolitan markets. Updated quarterly.
Characteristics of New Housing -- highlights the latest data on new-home characteristics released by the U.S. Census Department.
Random Lengths -- weekly reports of framing lumber and structural panel composite prices; other information for and about the wood products industry.
Realty Trac -- home foreclosure information by state (link leads directly to WI information)