According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, expect continued, steady growth in new home construction as the housing market continues to grow healthier. It is said by the President of Smart Numbers, Steve Palm, an Atlanta analysis firm, unless things turn around, things are looking good. Potential issues include the price of building materials may rise faster, the huge funds that bought up depressed housing could distort the market, and the Middle East crisis might have a crucial effect on energy prices. New home buyers had traditionally accounted for about a third or more of the metro Atlanta market, peaking around 35 percent in 1998.