Home Builders New Improving Markets Index Tracks Housing Recovery Sustained Successes

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National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Releases the new Improving Markets Report for August 2012. A total of 80 metropolitan statistical areas across 32 states and the District of Columbia were listed as improving housing markets; valuable information for home builders. Destiny Homes is a building contractor specialized in home remodeling in Minneapolis and St Paul communities.

Improving Market Index (IMI)

Improving Market Index (IMI)

“We continue to see a strong core of metros showing up on the improving list each month adds to the growing evidence that the emerging housing recovery has a solid foundation on which to build as housing returns to its traditional role. ~ Dave Crowe

Destiny Homes welcomes the National Association of Home Builders NAHB's new method of market reporting, and will be looking to use the added knowledge to better understand market trends in home renovation and remodeling. Since housing markets are local, and that there are metropolitan areas where economic recovery is underway, the new data will help builders keep pace with costs and home prices.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in his Monetary Policy Report before the Committee On Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs referenced the norm that historically the housing market, helps economic conditions. Recently he said, "Construction has increased, especially in the multifamily sector." With eyes on the housing recovery as it strengths, many are watch carefully to see just which housing markets are showing sustained growth.

The Improving Markets Index (IMI)

A total of 80 metropolitan statistical areas across 32 states and the District of Columbia were listed as improving housing markets on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index(IMI) for August, released today. This included 75 markets that retained their places on the list along with five new ones, while nine areas fell from the list due primarily to slight movements in house prices.

The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. The five metros that were added to the list this month include:

1) Miami and Palm Bay, Fla.
2) Hinesville, Ga.
3) Terre Haute, Ind.
4) and Lubbock, Texas

“The list of improving housing markets in August includes metros across every region of the country, all of which have distinctly different characteristics in terms of their economic and employment bases as well as other factors,” noted Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “One thing that most markets have in common, however, is the tight lending environment for both builders and buyers that continues to drag on their positive momentum.”

“The fact that we continue to see a strong core of metros showing up on the improving list each month adds to the growing evidence that the emerging housing recovery has a solid foundation on which to build as housing returns to its traditional role of driving economic growth,” observed NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.

The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top improving Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metropolitan area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list.

The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) tracks housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data:

  • employment growth (Census)
  • house price growth (Freddie Mac)
  • single-family housing growth (Census)

Contact Destiny Homes for assistance understanding and apply the National Association of Home Builder Improving Markets Index. We are proud of our history as a home builder serving Minneapolis and St. Paul communities. Call 952-934-5706 for home renovations and remodeling.

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