The real estate market is tied into consumer confidence and sentiment. That is why it’s important to track the consumer confidence survey. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® increased in February, following a modest increase in January. The Index now stands at 130.8 (1985=100), up from 124.3 in January. Consumer confidence improved to its highest level since 2000 (Nov. 2000, 132.6) after a modest increase in January, Despite the recent stock market volatility, consumers expressed greater optimism about short-term prospects for business and labor market conditions, as well as their financial prospects. The proportion expecting more jobs in the months ahead increased from 18.7 percent to 21.6 percent.
Overall, consumers remain quite confident that the economy will continue expanding at a strong pace in the months ahead. Consumers’ outlook for the job market was also more positive. (Source: Consumer Confidence Survey)