BuildFax Housing Health Report

The BuildFax Housing Health Report provides monthly insight into the health of the U.S. housing market with a particular focus on single-family housing authorizations and existing housing maintenance trends.

Housing activity slides as COVID-19 outbreak spreads in the U.S.

March 2020
Maintenance and remodeling activity turned down sharply in March, as the COVID-19 outbreak led to shelter-in-place orders across the nation.

Housing activity remains strong amidst COVID-19 outbreak

February 2020
Single-family housing authorizations decreased 7.21% month over month, signaling potential COVID-19 concerns. Meanwhile, the trailing three-month outlook rose 7.42%.

Despite national growth, new construction activity is sluggish in major metros

January 2020
Housing activity enters 2020 on a strong note with increases across almost all major indicators.

People in the U.S. are moving less but may be remodeling more

December 2019
The trailing three-month outlook (October to December 2019) grew 5.77%. Additionally, for a majority of the past decade, as domestic migration decreased, maintenance increased.

Recession probability declines as housing indicators show promise

November 2019
Increases in single-family housing authorizations reach new highs in November. The probability of a recession dropped to 42% in November from nearly 50% earlier in the year.

Housing activity increases across all major indices

October 2019
Single-family housing authorizations increase year over year for the first time in more than a year. California housing activity experiences notable growth in wildfire-impacted regions.