“High confidence among builders bode well for construction going forward,” she said. “”We may be on the path to the best year in housing recovery.”
She said numbers for both single-family and multi-family construction in the south are stronger than in other regions.
Bolstering the housing optimism was a Census report Friday that showed a surge of construction in the spring. U.S. starts in June jumped by 9.8 percent from May, and by 26.6 percent from a year earlier.
Nationally, housing permits during the past three months are on the strongest pace since December 1982, Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner wrote in a comment on the report.
“Homebuilding is set to break through its low ceiling,” he said. “Homebuilding appears set to take off.”
Separately, Re/Max of Georgia on Friday said transactions in metro Atlanta are up 24 percent this year from last year, while inventory is 13 percent lower.