Friday, June 28, 2013

Builder Confidence Increases

According to the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, builder confidence increased by eight points in June bringing it to the highest level since April 2006.

Any number over 50 is an indicator that builders view the housing market more favorably than negatively. This eight point gain in June is the biggest one-month increase since 2002.

NAHB Chairman Rick Judson attributes the growth in new home sales to an increase in home buyers and a low inventory of existing homes.

To read the full article click HERE.

Monday, June 24, 2013

CTHBA Presentation

On June 18th, Dr. Joseph Von Nessen spoke to approximately 100 Charleston builders and real estate agents, providing them several reasons to be cautiously optimistic about their region's housing market for the remainder of 2013. Von Nessen served as a keynote speaker at the Charleston-Trident Home Builders Association's 2nd Annual New Homes Market Update. You can click here for the complete talk, which reviews the national and local economy and how overall economic performance is influencing local housing markets.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Number of Improving Markets Increases Again

The National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index increased again in June to now include more than 70% of the U.S. metro areas.

The Improving Markets Index or IMI is a list of metropolitan areas that have shown improvement through the areas of housing permits, employment and house prices for at least the past six months.

Twenty-nine new markets were added to the list while twenty-four previously listed markets were removed. This fluctuation is a product of a slow recovery and confirmation that the housing industry still has challenges to face.  However the IMI list is three times larger this year than last year according to the NAHB.

For a full list of improving markets visit the NAHB's website HERE.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Dr. Joseph Von Nessen on Builder Radio

Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, Research Economist for RESH Marketing and the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, will be featured on Builder Radio's weekly program Monday. He will be discussing research tools housing industry professionals can take advantage of to help them move forward in an ever changing economic environment. There are many research opportunities that businesses can take advantage of to be strategically proactive.  These tools range from competitive analyses to consumer research and each will be further discussed by Von Nessen.

The interview was conducted by Scott Stroud, who has been involved in new home construction and sales since 1974. His experience as a new home builder/dealer in his hometown of Louisville, KY in the 1980s provides a keen insight into strategies to sell new homes in the current market. Scott produces Builder Radio's many programs, including  The Selling More Homes Academy - the first online multimedia learning center and coaching program for housing sales and marketing professionals.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

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