Absorption rate in reports is “misleading,” one analyst says

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November 20, 2014

According to Bloomberg View real estate reporter Jonathan Miller, the rule of thumb that “a six month absorption rate is a healthy real estate market” is misleading.
“The six-month benchmark incorrectly indicates that all U.S. markets are the same and infers that a lower absorption rate is better than a higher rate,” Miller writes. However, he noted that for more than half of the past 15 years the absorption rate has been lower than the six-month threshold, but it wasn’t a sign of a “healthy” market.
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