The National Association of Home Builders reports builder confidence rose in November three points to 20 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for newly-built single family homes. Building on a three point increase from October, the HMI is at its highest point in 18 months. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said, “This second consecutive gain in the HMI is evidence that well-qualified buyers in select areas are being tempted back into the market by today’s extremely favorable mortgage rates and prices…these (are) pockets of improving conditions that are slowly spreading.” The index measures builders perceptions of current single-family home sales and expectations for the next six months. Any number above 50 indicates conditions are “good” rather than “poor.” Regionally, the Northeast saw a three point gain to 17, the Midwest advanced eight points to 23, and the South rose three points to 21. The West had posted a large October increase, but lost six points this month to 15.
(Graphic credit: NAHB)