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Residential Housing Investment Components In Free Fall

• CalculatedRiskBlog.com
 
The second graph is for Residential investment (RI) components. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), includes new single family structures, multifamily structures, home improvement, broker's commissions, and a few minor categories (dormitories, manufactured homes). This graph shows the various components of RI as a percent of GDP for the last 50 years. Usually the most important components are investment in single family structures followed by home improvement. Investment in home improvement was at a $151.6 billion Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) in Q4 (about 1.0% of GDP), significantly above the level of investment in single family structures of $106.2 billion (SAAR) (or 0.7% of GDP). Brokers' commissions increased slightly in Q4, but are near the lowest level (as a percent of GDP) since the early '80s. In dollar terms, brokers' commissions are back to the 1998 / 1999 levels.

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