With new housing starts in Sarasota Florida up more than 25 percent from 2011, pool contractors in that state who work with Sarasota home builders have seen substantial improvement in their business as well.
The U.S. Commerce Department reported that there were 3,882 single-family home starts in Florida in July. That compares with 2,904 for July 2011 and 2,487 in 2010, the worst July since the recession began. Another measure, sales of new homes nationally, has improved as well. July sales were up 3.6 percent from June, and 25.3 percent from July 2011.
Builder confidence in Sarasota is up, too. In August, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for the South increased two points to 32.
The index measures current sales conditions, traffic of prospective buyers and sales expectations in the next six months.