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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013

Survey of Market Absorption 2012 Characteristics Report

The 2012 Characteristics Report provides details about units constructed in 2012, yet not necessarily absorbed, such as number of bedrooms, asking rent, and asking price. This publication is of value to builders, bankers, market analysts, land planners, and government officials trying to measure the needs for federal, state and local assistance in providing better housing for everyone.

The Survey of Market Absorption, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, uses the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction as its sampling base. Each month, a sample of residential buildings containing five or more units is selected for the survey. The initial three-month interview collects information on amenities, rent or sales price levels, number of units, type of building and the number of units taken off the market (absorbed). Field representatives conduct subsequent interviews, if necessary, at six, nine and 12 months after completion.

In addition to the characteristics report, SOMA produces quarterly absorption reports that are generally available the first week of March, June, September and December. Additionally, statistics on absorption rates for selected metropolitan areas are also released on the Internet at the same time. For more information, please visit <http://www.census.gov/housing/soma/>.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014