Builder confidence in September hit a new high for 2016, in fact it’s at its highest since October last year, according to the most recent Housing Market Index (HMI) released by the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
and Wells Fargo. The HMI increased six points to 65 in September, up from August’s downward-revised
Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI categorizes builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months
as good, fair or poor.
The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as high to very high, average or low to very low. Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number
over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.
The single-family market continues to make gradual gains and they expect this upward momentum will build throughout the remainder of the year and into 2017 the report states.
According to new data from the
U.S. Census Bureau, household income posted its first significant increase in eight years.
With the inventory of new and existing homes remaining tight, builders are confident that if they can build more homes they can sell them. Though solid job creation and low interest rates are also fueling demand,
builders continue to be hampered by supply-side constraints that include shortages of labor and lots.
All three HMI components moved higher in September. The component that measures current sales expectations rose six points to 71 while the component measuring sales expectations in the next six months increase five
points to 71. The index measuring traffic of prospective buyers also increased by four points to 48.
The HMI did not decrease in any region of the U.S. The Northeast and South increased one point each to 42 and 64 respectively, and the West increased four points to 73. The Midwest remained unchanged at 55.
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