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Record High 291 Housing Markets Seen Improving In September
Sep 12, 2013
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A total 291 United States metropolitan areas are now listed as improving housing markets on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for September 2013.

The IMI added 44 markets from August, putting it at its highest level since it began two years ago. The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment, and house prices for at least six months in a row.

September 2013 saw 242 housing markets maintaining their existing positions on the IMI, while 49 new markets were added to the list and five fell off.

The full list of metro areas on the list, as well as a list of those that fell off in September, are below.

"Just over 80% of the 361 metros tracked by our index are showing consistent growth in three key measures of housing market strength - prices, permits and employment," said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, NC. "While there is still plenty of room for growth, this is an excellent indication of how the housing recovery has begun to take hold across more geographic areas."

"The dramatic increase in markets qualifying for the IMI in September was partly due to a recent improvement in the way that Freddie Mac measures home prices, which resulted in stronger gains than previously reported," noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "Even so, the broadened list of metros on the IMI continues to demonstrate the slow but steady gains that individual housing markets are making to bolster the national outlook."

"With every state now able to claim at least one county that's part of an improving metro, and 23 states having charted at least one new entry in September alone, prospective home buyers have good reason to be encouraged by this news," said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co.

Metropolitan areas on the list as of September 2013:
* Anchorage, AK
* Auburn, AL
* Birmingham, AL
* Decatur, AL
* Dothan, AL (added to the list in September 2013)
* Florence, AL
* Gadsden, AL
* Huntsville, AL (added in September 2013)
* Montgomery, AL (added in September 2013)
* Tuscaloosa, AL
* Fayetteville, AR
* Little Rock, AR
* Flagstaff, AZ
* Phoenix, AZ
* Prescott, AZ
* Tucson, AZ
* Yuma, AZ
* Bakersfield, CA
* Chico, CA
* El Centro, CA
* Fresno, CA
* Hanford, CA
* Los Angeles, CA
* Madera, CA
* Modesto, CA
* Oxnard, CA
* Redding, CA
* Riverside, CA
* Sacramento, CA
* Salinas, CA
* San Diego, CA
* San Francisco, CA
* San Jose, CA
* San Luis Obispo, CA
* Santa Barbara, CA
* Santa Cruz, CA
* Santa Rosa, CA
* Stockton, CA
* Vallejo, CA
* Visalia, CA
* Yuba City, CA
* Boulder, CO
* Colorado Springs, CO
* Denver, CO
* Fort Collins, CO
* Grand Junction, CO
* Greeley, CO
* Pueblo, CO (added in September 2013)
* Washington, DC
* Dover, DE
* Cape Coral, FL
* Crestview, FL
* Deltona, FL
* Gainesville, FL
* Jacksonville, FL
* Lakeland, FL
* Miami, FL
* Naples, FL
* North Port, FL
* Ocala, FL
* Orlando, FL
* Palm Bay, FL
* Pensacola, FL
* Port St. Lucie, FL
* Punta Gorda, FL
* Sebastian, FL
* Tallahassee, FL
* Tampa, FL
* Athens, GA
* Atlanta, GA
* Augusta, GA (added in September 2013)
* Brunswick, GA
* Columbus, GA
* Dalton, GA
* Gainesville, GA
* Hinesville, GA (added in September 2013)
* Macon, GA (added in September 2013)
* Savannah, GA
* Valdosta, GA (added in September 2013)
* Warner Robins, GA (added in September 2013)
* Honolulu, HI
* Ames, IA
* Cedar Rapids, IA
* Davenport, IA
* Des Moines, IA
* Dubuque, IA
* Iowa City, IA
* Sioux City, IA
* Waterloo, IA
* Boise City, ID
* Coeur d'Alene, ID
* Idaho Falls, ID
* Lewiston, ID (added in September 2013)
* Pocatello, ID
* Champaign, IL (added in September 2013)
* Chicago, IL
* Peoria, IL
* Anderson, IN (added in September 2013)
* Bloomington, IN (added in September 2013)
* Columbus, IN
* Elkhart, IN
* Evansville, IN
* Fort Wayne, IN
* Indianapolis, IN
* Lafayette, IN
* Muncie, IN
* South Bend, IN (added in September 2013)
* Terre Haute, IN
* Lawrence, KS
* Topeka, KS
* Wichita, KS
* Bowling Green, KY
* Lexington, KY
* Louisville, KY
* Owensboro, KY
* Alexandria, LA
* Baton Rouge, LA
* Houma, LA (added in September 2013)
* Lafayette, LA
* Lake Charles, LA
* Monroe, LA
* New Orleans, LA
* Shreveport, LA
* Barnstable Town, MA
* Boston, MA
* Pittsfield, MA (added in September 2013)
* Springfield, MA
* Worcester, MA (added in September 2013)
* Baltimore, MD
* Cumberland, MD
* Hagerstown, MD
* Salisbury, MD
* Portland, ME
* Ann Arbor, MI
* Battle Creek, MI
* Bay City, MI
* Detroit, MI
* Flint, MI
* Grand Rapids, MI
* Holland, MI
* Jackson, MI
* Kalamazoo, MI
* Lansing, MI
* Monroe, MI
* Muskegon, MI
* Niles, MI (added in September 2013)
* Saginaw, MI
* Minneapolis, MN
* Rochester, MN
* St. Cloud, MN (added in September 2013)
* Columbia, MO
* Jefferson City, MO
* Joplin, MO
* Kansas City, MO
* Springfield, MO
* St. Joseph, MO (added in September 2013)
* St. Louis, MO
* Hattiesburg, MS
* Jackson, MS
* Pascagoula, MS (added in September 2013)
* Billings, MT
* Missoula, MT
* Asheville, NC (added in September 2013)
* Charlotte, NC
* Durham, NC
* Goldsboro, NC
* Greensboro, NC
* Greenville, NC
* Hickory, NC (added in September 2013)
* Raleigh, NC (added in September 2013)
* Wilmington, NC (added in September 2013)
* Bismarck, ND
* Fargo, ND
* Grand Forks, ND
* Lincoln, NE
* Omaha, NE
* Manchester, NH
* Atlantic City, NJ
* Ocean City, NJ
* Trenton, NJ
* Farmington, NM
* Santa Fe, NM
* Las Vegas, NV
* Reno, NV
* Albany, NY
* Buffalo, NY
* Glens Falls, NY
* Ithaca, NY
* Kingston, NY
* New York, NY
* Poughkeepsie, NY (added in September 2013)
* Rochester, NY
* Akron, OH
* Canton, OH
* Cincinnati, OH (added in September 2013)
* Cleveland, OH
* Columbus, OH
* Dayton, OH (added in September 2013)
* Toledo, OH
* Youngstown, OH
* Oklahoma City, OK
* Tulsa, OK
* Bend, OR
* Corvallis, OR
* Eugene, OR
* Medford, OR
* Portland, OR
* Salem, OR
* Allentown, PA (added in September 2013)
* Altoona, PA
* Erie, PA
* Harrisburg, PA
* Lancaster, PA (added in September 2013)
* Lebanon, PA (added in September 2013)
* Philadelphia, PA
* Pittsburgh, PA
* Reading, PA (added in September 2013)
* State College, PA
* Providence, RI
* Anderson, SC (added in September 2013)
* Charleston, SC
* Florence, SC
* Greenville, SC
* Spartanburg, SC (added in September 2013)
* Sumter, SC
* Rapid City, SD
* Sioux Falls, SD
* Chattanooga, TN
* Clarksville, TN
* Cleveland, TN
* Jackson, TN
* Johnson City, TN (added in September 2013)
* Kingsport, TN
* Knoxville, TN
* Memphis, TN
* Morristown, TN (added in September 2013)
* Nashville, TN
* Abilene, TX
* Amarillo, TX
* Austin, TX
* Brownsville, TX (added in September 2013)
* College Station, TX
* Corpus Christi, TX
* Dallas, TX
* Houston, TX
* Killeen, TX
* Laredo, TX
* Longview, TX
* Lubbock, TX
* Midland, TX
* Odessa, TX
* San Angelo, TX
* San Antonio, TX
* Texarkana, TX
* Tyler, TX (added in September 2013)
* Victoria, TX
* Waco, TX
* Wichita Falls, TX
* Ogden, UT
* Provo, UT
* Salt Lake City, UT
* St. George, UT
* Blacksburg, VA (added in September 2013)
* Charlottesville, VA (added in September 2013)
* Harrisonburg, VA (added in September 2013)
* Lynchburg, VA (added in September 2013)
* Richmond, VA
* Roanoke, VA (added in September 2013)
* Virginia Beach, VA (added in September 2013)
* Winchester, VA
* Burlington, VT
* Bellingham, WA
* Kennewick, WA (added in September 2013)
* Longview, WA
* Mount Vernon, WA
* Olympia, WA
* Seattle, WA
* Spokane, WA (added in September 2013)
* Wenatchee, WA
* Eau Claire, WI
* Green Bay, WI
* Janesville, WI
* La Crosse, WI (added in September 2013)
* Madison, WI
* Milwaukee, WI (added in September 2013)
* Oshkosh, WI
* Sheboygan, WI
* Charleston, WV
* Parkersburg, WV (added in September 2013)
* Casper, WY
* Cheyenne, WY

Metropolitan areas removed from the list in September 2013:
* Kankakee, IL
* Burlington, NC
* Jacksonville, NC
* Winston, NC
* Danville, VA

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