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The Complete Idiot’s Guide® To: Economic Indicators by Mark R. Rogers

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Chapter 15. Early Warnings on Housing

In This Chapter

  • The Pending Home Sales Index leads existing home sales

  • The Housing Market Index gives homebuilders’ views on the housing market

  • MBA mortgage applications are an early indicator of house purchases

Housing is an important sector of the economy. It leads the overall economy into and out of recession. Many manufacturing and service industries are affected by the fortunes of homebuilders and real estate brokers. These include everything from carpet manufacturers to bricklayers to landscapers, from appliance salespersons to mortgage lenders.

If housing affects your business, it pays to get any advance notice you can on where housing is headed. Yes, such early warnings do exist. In this chapter, we take ...

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