NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI)

The LMI compares the current levels of three components-- employment (BLS - Bureau of Labor Statistics), house prices (Freddie Mac) and single-family building permits (Census)-- to their normal, sustainable levels. For each component, the current level as a share of the normal level is calculated. The LMI is the average of these three shares. The LMI is calculated for individual markets (where all the data is available, 350+ metropolitan areas), as well as an overall national number. An index value above one indicates the market has advanced beyond the previous sustainable level of economic activity. An index value above the national index level indicates the market is doing better than the country as a whole.

NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI)
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Markets in 56 of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. This represents a year-over-year net …
8/7/2014
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A chart allowing the user to compare the overall score of the US with a market of choice, both of which are included in the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). The full data series of each market in the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) is also included.
8/7/2014
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This is a table showing the scores of all markets included in the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), which tracks the recovery in housing markets throughout the country.
8/7/2014
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This is a table showing the scores of the top ten large and small markets included in the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). Large markets have a population greater than or equal to 500,000 while small markets have less than 500,000 inhabitants.
8/7/2014
MS Excel
A chart tracking the overall score of the US, which is included in the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI)
8/7/2014
MS Excel
A map showing the score distribution of markets included in the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), which tracks the recovery in housing markets throughout the country.
8/7/2014
MS Excel
Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 56 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. This represents a net gain of nine metros year …
6/5/2014
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Of the 351 metro markets measured, 300 have seen year-over-year economic gains, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today.  The index shows that 59 metros have fully returned to or even exceeded their last normal levels of …
5/6/2014
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Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. This represents a net gain of 11 metros …
4/7/2014
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Markets in 59 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. This represents a net gain of one …
3/6/2014
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Markets in 56 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. This represents a net gain of two …
1/7/2014
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Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. The index’s nationwide score …
12/5/2013
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Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the newly minted National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. The index’s …
10/7/2013
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Starting on October 7, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will launch a new economic index called the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This new index will replace the Improving Markets Index (IMI) and will shift the focus from identifying markets that have recently …
9/30/2013
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