More Markets Returning to Normal in Housing

Washington, DC, Aug. 7, 2014 -- Markets in 56 of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index.

This represents a year-over-year net gain of seven markets.

The index’s nationwide score moved up slightly to .89, meaning that based on current permit, price and employment data, the nationwide average is running at 89% of normal economic and housing activity. Meanwhile, 78% of markets have shown an improvement year-over-year.

“Things are gradually improving,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.

“As the job market grows, we expect to see a steady release of pent up demand of home buyers.”

“With the national tally only reaching 43% of normal, single-family housing permits continue to be the lagging component of the index,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.

“The big bright spot is employment, where the number of metro areas having reached or exceeded their norms grew from 26 to 46 in a year.”