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NAHB / October 24, 2013
The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) continued to climb at a modest pace in the third quarter of 2013 rising two points to 57, the highest reading since the first quarter of 2004, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity. The RMI’s current market conditions index rose from 54 in the previous quarter to 58, the highest reading sinceRead More
NAHB Eye on Housing Blog / October 7, 2013
Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the new National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI).
The index’s nationwide score of .85 indicates that, based on permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide housing market is running at 85 percent of normal activity.
Baton Rouge, La., tops the list of major metros on the LMI, with a score of 1.41 – or 41 percent better than its last normal market level. Other major metros at the topRead More
Stephen Melman / NAHB / September 19, 2013
Existing home sales increased 1.7% in August, and were up 13.2% from the same period a year ago to the highest level since February 2007. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that August 2013 total existing home sales were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.48 million units combined for single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops. That compares to 5.39 million units in July, and 4.84 million units during the same period a year ago. The South and Midwest increased 3.8% and 3.1% respectively, while the Northeast remained flat and the West decreased 2.3% from last month.Read More
Rick Judson / BUILDER / September 16, 2013
The International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show will be held together for the first time in 2014.
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), and I urge you to start planning now to attend. For the first time since its inception seven decades ago as NAHB’s annual convention and exposition, IBS will be co-located with another popular housing-related show in 2014—the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
KBIS and IBS will be held simultaneously Feb. 4 to 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, creating the nation’sRead More
John McManus / BIG BUILDER / September 17, 2013
This morning, a fresh reading comes through on home building’s closest approximation of changes in confidence among those who make a living doing it. Signal or noise? Clearly, housing’s data trends are forming quite the Hell’s Gate of tricky, swift and difficult-to-navigate currents and cross-currents. Here, we explore less about what you need to know–given that so much is either contradictory or uncertain–and more about a few things you may need to do.
Our simplest, most elegant, and best sense of what’s changing in the market is not the noise interestRead More