Beige Book: Real estate 'increased solidly' in last two months
The book is a compilation of anecdotal evidence of market conditions in all sectors of the economy.
Residential activity improved during the most recent survey period, which included late April and all of May. Housings starts were down compared to the previous survey, but builders expected new-home construction to pick up in the next three months.
Residential sales were improved from the previous survey, with homes priced between $150,000 and $300,000 selling well, while homes at the upper end of the price range proved to be more difficult to move.
Commercial real estate was also solid during the survey period, but there was some uncertainty about future activity. Vacancy rates fell and survey contacts expected them to continue falling over the next three months. Prices and rents remained flat, but there are expectations for increases in the future.
Elsewhere in the Beige Book, the Fed reported that the banking sector in the 10th district also saw
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