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June 16, 2011

The Connection Between The Producer Price Index And Housing

Hi Folks,
   As another week draws to a close, we take a look at an indicator that we have not discussed here, and that is the Producer Price Index (PPI), which basically looks at goods in varying stages of production. The Producer Price Index for finished goods rose 0.2% in May (following increases of 0.8% in April and 0.7% in March), so it appears things are headed in the right direction, however, what does this mean for the Housing Market?

   "On the surface the Housing Market should have the potential of having a large impact on PPI since it represents a large portion of the U.S. economic engine", says Lynn Grantham of St. Johns, FL. Grantham points to the "lack of strength in the Housing Market since 2008", and says that the remaining inventory of unsold homes, "including the large number of foreclosed properties that lenders are still sitting on should translate into a dampening impact on the PPI."

   Another point, which was raised by Barry of Alvic Management, is that higher producer prices, "increase the cost of construction materials and should slow new construction, which may make existing homes more valuable because it's harder to recreate them."

   What is your view on this index? How inter-related is it to the Housing Market and the Real Estate Industry? We'd love to hear your opinion.

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

TAGS: #PPI #realestate #foreclosed #construction

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