US Housing Market Considered Healthy and Sustainable in 2nd Quarter 2016

The overall picture of the national housing market was one of good health and sustainability according to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s Leading Index of Healthy Housing Markets (LIHHM) for the 2nd quarter 2016. In addition to expressing optimism that the national housing market had a “positive outlook over the next year due to strong demand drivers and supportive housing affordability,” they also shared their measurement findings for 400 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) in an interactive map.

Nationwide calculated an assortment of variables, placing weighted values on each metric, to determine the health of each MSA’s housing market. The main housing market drivers they used were grouped into 4 categories: unemployment, demographics, mortgage market and house prices. Each MSA was then given a performance ranking based on their findings.

In Idaho, the Pocatello MSA received a +2 performance ranking, indicating a healthy housing market for the 2nd quarter. The Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene, and Lewiston-Clarkston (Washington) MSAs received +1 performance rankings; still a good indicator that the markets in those areas were at a healthy level. The Boise-Nampa MSA, however, received a 0 performance ranking. According to Nationwide, this type of ranking can mean that the housing market in that MSA may be a “step away from modestly unsustainable activity.” To read the full LIHHM report, visit

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