Housing Starts (HOUS, HOUSG, HOUSNSAG)

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What is it?


The number of new houses (in thousands) begun for construction in a month. The number is seasonally adjusted and organized into regions of the U.S.

HOUSG – Total Housing Starts YoY Change

HOUSNSAG – Total Housing Starts Not Seasonally Adjusted YoY Change

HOUSNSA – Total Housing Starts in 1000’s – Not Seasonally Adjusted

Who is interested?

Analysts, High level executives, owner operators

What does it tell me?

Housing starts are considered a key indicator of the economy as it has ties to manufacturing, banking, construction, raw materials, and obviously real estate. In a good economy people are more likely to purchase a new home. Conversely in a weak economy they are less likely to purchase a new home. The numbers are smoothed for seasonality as weather has a significant impact on construction.

Example: A user wants to see total housing starts in the south for the most recent month. The user would type HOUS.RST.