Late to the recovery party, the Housing Market is finally showing sustained strength with increases in sales in nearly all price ranges, strong demand by first-time home buyers and historically low distressed property sales. Sales for homes priced between $250K and $1 million showed strong sales growth in September 2019. First-Time Homebuyers accounted for 33% of all home sales in September. Distressed Property Sales Dropped to 2%; down from 3% a year earlier. The National Housing Market Index shot up to 71 in October vs. 58 in January 2019 and Housing Starts reached their second highest level since January 2005.