Metrostudy does a 100% count within markets across the country of move-ins into newly-built homes.  This is a powerful and reliable measure of end-user demand.  The top two markets have outsized percentage changes because they are starting from a low base number.  In terms of the large markets, Central Florida has seen a 24.3% increase in new home demand in the past year, and Charlotte, NC, has seen a 23.4%.  Atlanta, which was savaged by the downturn, has seen a 22.9% increase.  New home construction is picking up in all of these markets, as builders scramble to meet increased demand.

Here are the top 15 markets by change in move-ins:


Gloede, Katherine

Rank

Market

2Q13 Move-Ins

2Q14 Move-Ins

% Change

1

Reno

233

464

99.1%

2

Rio Grande Valley

336

466

38.7%

3

Central Florida

3,104

3,859

24.3%

4

Charlotte

1,643

2,027

23.4%

5

Atlanta

2,508

3,082

22.9%

6

Northern Virginia

865

1,037

19.9%

7

Jacksonville

1,119

1,303

16.4%

8

Sarasota/Bradenton

647

739

14.2%

9

St.George/Mesquite

296

336

13.5%

10

Austin

2,216

2,497

12.7%

11

Houston

6,072

6,797

11.9%

12

Nashville

1,101

1,217

10.5%

13

Dallas/Ft.Worth

4,775

5,249

9.9%

14

Central California

1,496

1,627

8.8%

15

South Florida

938

1,020

8.7%