(PRWEB) June 20, 2012
As reported earlier this month by MSN Real Estate, the number of housing markets listed as improving in the country dropped 20% this month, underscoring the fragility of any housing recovery that may be under way. The number of cities on the National Association of Builders/First American Improving Markets Index ( IMI ), dropped from 100 in may to just 80 in the early stages of June.
“The shifting of some markets off the IMI in June underscores the fragile nature of the housing recovery as well as the fact that many locations that previously made the list has only marginal house-price gains, which were easily wiped out by small downward changes,” NAHB chief economist David Crowe said in a news release. To be deemed an improving market, a metro area must show improvement in building permits, employment and home prices for at least six months. The number of markets on the list had hovered around 100 for just the past three months.
Most of the cities on the list are smaller metro areas, though Phoenix; Washington D.C.; Orlando and Tampa, Florida; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; and Pittsburgh remained on the list. They were joined this month by Dallas, San Antonio and Knoxville, Tennessee; as well as 24 smaller cities. Among the 48 cities falling off the list in June were Denver; Jacksonville, Fl.; Indianapolis; Portland, Or.; and Nashville, Tn. “The volatility of this index mirrors the uncertain economic conditions in some of our nation’s individual markets,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., in a news release.
As Lance Denha, Esq. of The Law Office of Lance Denha commented this week, “This reported decline in the housing market, when coupled with the stagnant labor market, only exacerbates the difficulty homeowners are having in keeping their homes from foreclosure. Families are exhausting their life savings in the hopes of regaining the lost equity in their homes and/or returning to the work force. Today, all signs of the economy point to a long and slow recovery of both the housing and labor markets.” The Wall Street Journal’s “Developments” blog posed the “have we hit bottom” question to several experts last week, before the IMI list was published. Among the responses:
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