BEAVERTON, Ore. – June 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Forefront Economics Inc. (www.forecon.com) announced today the launch of national coverage for their Housing Construction Trends Report (HCTR). The monthly report presents trends in single and multi-family housing units permitted for construction at the state, county, and metropolitan area levels. Permit history and analysis can also be downloaded from the HCTR website (housingtrends.forecon.com).

The HCTR allows easy monitoring of housing construction trends through permit data. Builders, construction workers, utilities, real estate agencies, and policy makers gain a better understanding of construction in their area. It provides analysis tools for business development and the need for basic infrastructure such as electricity, gas, roads, schools, and shopping centers.

Municipal planning and development agencies also need to keep informed as both the numbers and the types of homes (single or multi-family) have significant effects on land usage-loss of farm land, woodlands, and scenic acreage.

“Our objective is to provide clients with a quick read on residential construction trends in an area supported by professional analysis and historical data if they want the details,” says Mark Thompson, President of Forefront Economics Inc. “Housing permit data are often hard to locate and significantly more difficult to ascertain the underlying trends.” Highlighted in the HCTR is the new FETI indicator developed by Forefront as an easy-to-read index showing trend strength and direction at a glance.

The Housing Construction Trends Report puts both permit data and analysis at the fingertips of subscribers. An annual subscription to each state report includes 12 monthly reports and on-line access to historical reports. On-line access to monthly housing permit series and analysis such as seasonally adjusted values and estimates of trend are also available by subscription.

Forefront Economics Inc. has been providing professional consulting services to clients for 12 years, specializing in quantitative market analysis, reporting, statistical analysis, and econometric modeling and forecasting. Consulting services offered by Forefront Economics are designed to help clients make greater use of their operating and customer information to gain competitive advantage. Forefront Economics offers a unique combination of traditional and state-of-the-art analytical tools to help clients gain insights from data.

For more information, visit the HCTR website at housingtrends.forecon.com.

News issued by: Forefront Economics Inc.

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Original Story ID: (423) :: 2005-06-0601-002

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