Fun with Housing Charts

I’ve come across quite a few fascinating Housing charts over the past week.

Taken together, they tell a tale of sector that has yet to see a bottom. And I suspect the economic impact has yet to be fully felt:

Housing is not getting better anytime soon:  This is
an survey discussion asking about various apsects Builder’s Businesses.
Its bad enough that the Index (HMI) in May dropped 3 points to 30. It
was bad across the board — but the real ugliness was in traffic of
potential buyers — that’s a leading indicator to Builders as to how
much product they will be moving — It dropped to 23. In the heart of the selling season (survey data was done in May). 

NAHB Housing Index


Chart courtesy of NAHB


Starts and New Permits are still dropping rapidly. Given all the excess inventory, this is actually the silver lining in the slowdown.

 Housing Starts and Permits

Chart courtesy of Northern Trust

points out that new Housing construction has now slipped to around 1.5 million units –
that of a normal, growing economy. Expect housing starts generally
to about 800k to 1 million units before a rebound is seen.

IYR Top?

The DJ Real Estate Index is a potential 20% loser from here, based on the Head & Shoulder topping pattern:


Chart courtesy of Mike Panzner


What does this mean to the economy? The clear implication is that consumer spending willr meain pressured, and retail stocks — excepting the Luxe goods — will continue to have a difficult environment.

NAHB Housing Index and Consumer Spending



Builder Confidence Slips Again In May
NAHB, May 15, 2007

NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI)

Two Markets Diverging
David Gaffen
WSJ, May 16, 2007, 4:10 pm

Category: Economy, Real Estate, Technical Analysis

Inflation Errors (Part II)

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Psychology

Media Appearance: Bloomberg TV (05/16/07)

Category: Media

Housing Impact on GDP

Its apparent from yesteday’s Earnings release that the impact of Housing is working its way into the earnings picture. So far, the impact has been very specific, and limited to Retail (Home Depot, Circuit City), a few Transports (Yellow Roadway, UPS), and of course the Home Builders. Thus far, Financials have contained the impact of sub-prime, but are seeing originations and loan volumes fall.

Here is a quick round up of where else Housing is impacting the economy, via RGE:

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Category: Economy, Real Estate

Amazon Launches DRM-free ITMS competitor

Category: Digital Media, Music, Web/Tech

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation

Media Appearance: Kudlow & Company (5/15/07)

Category: Media

Median CPI Up 0.2% in April

Category: Economy, Federal Reserve, Inflation

CPI & Retail Sales

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Energy, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Markets

SIRE Presentation: Music, Media & Markets

Category: Digital Media, Markets, Media, Music