The housing market has shown signs of improvement this past year with record-low mortgage rates, an increase in home construction and fewer foreclosures. Home construction exceeded economists’ expectations during the month of December with the start of construction on more than 889,000 homes. Construction rates were up more than 12% from November and nearly 37% from December 2011. Construction picked back up in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy with new home construction up 19% from November. The new home construction surge suggests low inventory and builder confidence, which are two great signs for the economy.
Economists also tracked applications for new building permits to indicate the confidence in the market, however there was little change from November’s rate. December’s mortgage rates also continued at a record-low percentage, which is another positive indicator that the market is on the road to recovery.
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