The 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) marks my 26th consecutive year of attendance.
Four of last year's Top 15 areas--ranked in terns of the number of residential permits issued for all of 1998--have let fewer permits through the first eight months of this year than over the first two-thirds of last year.
Through July of 1999, total housing permits issued in four of last year's top 15 metropolitan areas for new housing were below the toal for the first seven months of 1998.
While revenues surged to al-time high levels for the nation's largest homebuilders, industry analysts agree that the third quarter witnessed a transition.
Following a sharp drop in june, total housing starts rose sharply in July.
Building permits nationwide were issued at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.632 million units during July, an increase ofa slight 0.4% from July 1998, but 0.5% lower than in June 1999.
The Conference Board's composite Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) dropped for the second straight month during August, but was higher than the same month last year.
Building permits nationwide were issued at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.621 million units during June, a 1.9% increase over the month and 5.9% above the total for June 1998.