September 22, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 38
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The Talk...

e-Poll
For the new construction business in our market, the late summer was:
Up slightly, similar to the housing starts report
Up significantly. There are real signs of life.
Somewhat neutral, maintaining stability.
Still moving downward.


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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

Some rays of light this week in what has otherwise been a pretty dismal summer. The Commerce Department reported yesterday a seasonally-adjusted jump of more than 10 percent in housing starts in August. This was more of an increase than many economists expected, which doesn't really surprise me. I would imagine one would be hard pressed to find a cheery economist these days.

One month worth of numbers certainly doesn't mean we're happily recovered, but I do wonder if you saw business mirror this report. Particularly for our new construction providers—yes, you.... wake up! I'm talking to you this week—did you see your own numbers nudge upward a bit toward the latter part of the summer? 

After taking a moment to vote in this week's poll, share some thoughts about what you're seeing in the new construction market in your area. Have we finally worked through the mountains of inventory? Are builders starting to request more quotes and move on more jobs? Post a comment or send me an email. Let's Talk.

 

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