Ignore The News The Housing Market Is Strong

Dated: 08/22/2019

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Increase in Housing Market Index and Buyer Traffic  
Housing Starts, which gives us a reading on new construction, were down 4% in the month of July, which was worse than expectations. However, the decline was all in multi-family starts. Single-family starts were actually up 1.3% and are up 2% year over year, which is really what's most important for the housing market.  
Permits, which are a good forward looking indicator, showed some real strength. They were up 7.2% from June, with single-family permits up 4.3%.  

Lower rates are clearly helping the buyer traffic component, which is good to see. Any reading above 50 signals expansion, and buyer traffic has been the only one lagging that has been below 50, until now.  
If you have clients who have been browsing the housing market, now is the time for them to jump in. Contact me and together we can help get them a set of keys to their new home.    


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