Leading Markets Index Shows Housing Market Improvement

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CF Funding comments on a recent NAHB Leading Markets Index (LMI) release.

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CF Funding expects to see more metro areas reaching and exceeding their normal economic levels.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their Leading Markets Index (LMI) on April 7th, revealing that “recovery continues to spread” as 59 metro markets nationwide returned to (or exceeded) their normal levels of housing activity. CF Funding is happy to share that the nationwide average is at 88 percent of normal economic and housing activity, based on current permit, price, and employment data. As CF Funding mentioned on April 7th in its daily news feed that consumer attitudes are increasing per the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey, and 68 percent of respondents said it is a good time to buy a home. The LMI confirms these consumer attitudes to be true, as the market continues to recover.

According to the NAHB, 28 percent of metro areas (out of 350 nationwide) saw their score rise this month and 83 percent of them have shown improvement over the past year. Chief Economist David Crowe shared an optimistic perspective, “It’s a promising sign to see areas like Los Angeles and San Jose joining the top ten largest MSAs showing a recovery. We still expect 2014 to be a strong year for housing and to aid in the overall recovery. The job market continues to mend and with that we will see a steady release of pent up demand of buyers.”

One continuously promising metro is Baton Rouge, LA, which scored 1.42 (42 percent better than its normal market levels). Honolulu, Oklahoma City, and Austin also topped the list. As the weather improves this Spring, CF Funding expects to see more metro areas reaching and exceeding their normal economic levels.

In other housing news, The Bureau of Labor Statistics has shared employment data revealing an increase in construction employment. The most recent report showed a 2.6 percent increase nationwide for February on a year-over-year basis. 73 percent of states had year-over-year increases as of February. The state of Florida showed the largest year-over-year increase this February, improving by 11 percent. West Virginia showed the least improvement, with a 6.5 percent decrease in construction employment.

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