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Consumer confidence edges up slightly in April

April was a positive month for consumer confidence.

April was a positive month for consumer confidence.

With so much negative news regarding the real estate sector, some industry analysts expected consumer confidence to decline in April. However, the Conference Board came back with positive results after finding a slight increase compared to March.

Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board, said rising sentiment bodes well for the economy's future.

"The uncertainty expressed last month is easing," said Franco. "Although confidence remains weak, consumers' assessment of current conditions gained ground for the seventh-straight month, a sign that the economic recovery continues."

The number of jobs added to the economy in the month of March may have affected this sentiment. In the Conference Board's survey, those believing a job was "hard to get" declined from 44.4 percent to 41.8 percent, and those saying jobs were "plentiful" increased from 4.6 to 5.2 percent.

Respondents were more skeptical about how the economy will be in the next six months, however, as those expecting more jobs compared to today declined from 19.6 percent to 17.5 percent.

How the economy is perceived to be functioning often serves as an indicator for when families should consider moving if they're planning on relocating.