Real Estate Market on the Rise

Market Is Healthiest in Years, New Index Says

A newly unveiled forward-looking housing index by Nationwide says the U.S. housing market is at its healthiest level since 2001. The Health of Housing Markets Report will analyze the housing health outlook on a quarterly basis throughout 373 metro areas.

The index’s current leading indicator score for the fourth quarter of 2014, was 109.8, the highest level in the 15 years of data already examined by the study’s authors. A reading of more than 100 suggests the national housing market is healthy and shows few signs of a housing downturn over the next year.

The healthiest housing markets in the country are Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, according to the index. The report considers employment, demographics, the mortgage market, and house prices to determine the health of each market.

While the majority of housing markets showed improvement, about 25 percent of the housing markets evaluated showed a decline over the past year. The least healthy housing markets, according to the index: Bismarck, N.D., and Atlantic City, N.J. (although both of these markets received “just slightly negative performance rankings,” the report notes).

“The HoHM Report provides a look into the future instead of the rear view mirror,” says David Berson, Nationwide’s chief economist and senior vice president. “The quarterly report should serve as a resource to gauge how healthy housing markets are today but, perhaps more important, what to expect in the future and why.”

This week, the National Association of REALTORS® reported that its forward-looking index, which is based on signed housing contracts, showed pending home sales at the highest level since June 2013. The largest gains were in the Midwest and West, which offset some declines in February in the Northeast and South.

Report’s Top 10 Metros

The HoHM Report found that the 10 healthiest metro areas in the fourth quarter of 2014 were:

Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio
Rockford, Ill.
Burlington, N.C.
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Fayetteville-Springdale, Ark.-Mo.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Kennewick-Richland, Wash.

Source: Nationwide Health of Housing Markets Report

The market certainly is bubblicious.

And you know what happens to bubbles.

Hopefully there isn’t another pop. Don’t want to have to go get a day job again, working for other people sucks…

Good luck and be prepared.

Good to hear stuff like this going into the busy months.

Good information. Tulsa has been very busy for inspections. It’s a great city. Glad things are going well!

Things are going well out here in Cleveland, looks like its going to a busy summer!