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NAHB / October 16, 2013
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes fell two points in October from a downwardly revised reading in the previous month to a level of 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.
“Builder optimism remains above 50 and we are still seeing signs of pent-up demand in many markets across the country,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “This slight dip in builder sentiment is the result of continuing challenges in the marketplace with regard to the cost and availabilityRead More
David Crowe / NAHB / September 19, 2013
The September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index held steady at 58, the same level as the one-point downwardly revised August reading. The underlying components of the HMI were mixed. Future expectations declined to 65 from 68 in August and traffic rose one point to 47 from an upwardly revised 46.
Housing starts have not improved as fast as the index in the past year, but that same disconnect occurred in 1991 when home builders’ sentiment doubled in four months while single-family starts rose by one-third. Currently, the HMI is about 50% greater than it was last year, while single-familyRead More
NAHB / April 25, 2013
Remodelers’ confidence in the market dipped in the first quarter of 2013 when the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) fell six points to 49, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Concern about the rising costs of construction materials and labor contributed to the pause in the general upward trend of remodelers’ confidence.
An RMI above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.Read More