After the dismal homebuilder sentiment data earlier in the week, it is no surprise that analysts expected a drop in both housing starts and building permits for November (the latest data) and they were right.
Following yesterday’s 9th straight monthly decline in US homebuilder sentiment – the longest losing streak since 2014 – this morning’s housing starts and permits data will be watched like a hawk (the former expected to see a small bounce MoM and the latter – more forward-looking – a big tumble MoM).
Privately‐owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,549,000. This is 14.4 percent below the revised April estimate of 1,810,000 and is 3.5 percent below the May 2021 rate of 1,605,000. Single‐family housing starts in May were at a rate of 1,051,000; this is 9.2 percent below the revised April figure of 1,157,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 469,000.