Home Purchase Sentiment Index Reaches New High

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The Fannie Mae (OTCQB: FNMA) Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased 2.2 points in July to 93.7, a new survey high and 7.2 points ahead of the same month last year. Five of the six HPSI components increased month over month, with an 8-percentage point increase in the net “Confidence About Not Losing Job” ...

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John McManus / Builder / September 2, 2019 The NAHB’s new Home Building Geography Index, which heat-maps U.S. manufacturing-driven housing construction activity, shows declines since 2017. This is no country for old insomniacs. Like me. On the one hand, I obsess irrationally over an East Coast-based major league baseball team on ...

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Experts Not Panicking After Inverted Yield Curve

While a recession has been predicted, industry economists don’t see calamity ahead. By Scott Sowers The Treasury bond yield curve became inverted in mid-August, triggering a sell-off on Wall Street and the corresponding media firestorm of an impending recession, even though economists have been predicting the event for months. The yield ...

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Busy Summer for Metrostudy and Meyers Research Industry Experts

Our industry experts have been busy this summer! They have been sharing their local expertise on the housing market and economy with news outlets, at events, and on panels. We highlight a few below – Regional Director Eugene James Shares His Atlanta Market Expertise With WSB TV Senior Director for the ...

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Eugene James Shares His Atlanta Market Expertise With WSB TV

Senior Director for the Central Region, Eugene James, recently shared his Atlanta housing market expertise with local news station WSB-TV. In two different segments, Eugene discussed the rapid increase in home prices and housing demand in Forest Park in Clayton County. Eugene provided insight into why buying a home in this ...

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The Macroeconomics of the Labor Shortage

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Robert Dietz / Builder / August 19, 2019 Adobe Stock The No. 1 business issue for home builders, remodelers, and land developers continues to be access to skilled labor. According to NAHB analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, as of April of this year there were 404,000 open ...

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July Housing Starts Falter, Building Permits Rise

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Builder / August 19, 2019 Housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,191,000, 4.0% below the revised June estimate of 1,241,000 but 0.6% above the July 2018 rate of 1,184,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Single‐family housing starts in July were at a rate of ...

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BUILDER CONFIDENCE IN 55+ MARKETS TICKS UP

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But in the condo market, confidence falls off a bit. Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market continued in positive territory in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI), released Friday. The index increased one point to ...

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