Posts Tagged ‘ Builder confidence ’

With the New Year Comes New Confidence for Builders

Jan 18th, 2024

The new year rang in bright for homebuilders, says Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chief economist Anirban Basu. The association’s Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.6 months in December from 8.5 months in November. This is according to an ABC member survey conducted December 20 through January 4. “Collectively, contractors experienced an uptick in optimism […]

Builder Confidence Falls but Single-Family Starts Edge Higher

Aug 17th, 2023

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) has reported that, after steadily rising for seven consecutive months, builder confidence fell for the first time this year in August. The association points to rising mortgage rates that, according to Freddie Mac, are nearing 7%, along with “stubbornly high” shelter inflation, as having eroded housing affordability and put […]

Builder Confidence Continues to Climb in Face of Concerns Over Rising Rates

Jul 24th, 2023

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) credits demand for new homes, thanks to low existing inventory, for the increase in builder confidence in the month of July. The increase comes even as mortgage rates rise, construction costs remain elevated and limited lot availability haunts the industry. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows builder […]

NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI Shows Builders “Cautiously Optimistic”

Mar 20th, 2023

High construction costs and elevated interest rates continue to hamper housing affordability, but March had builders showing a “cautious optimism,” as demand shifts to the new home market. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes in March rose two points to 44, according to the most recent National Association of Home Builders […]

HMI Shows Builder Confidence Up for Second Month

Feb 16th, 2023

Mortgage rates were a contributing factor that helped provide “solid” gains in builder confidence for the second consecutive month, said officials for the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). NAHB views recent improvement as a signal that the housing market may be turning a corner, officials said, even as builders continue to contend with high construction […]

After a Year of Decline, Builder Confidence Shows Signs of Rebound

Jan 23rd, 2023

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes snapped its longest losing streak last week, rising four points for the month of January, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The rebound follows 12 straight months of decline through December 2022 and the first real decrease […]

December HMI Shows Continued Slide in Builder Confidence

Dec 22nd, 2022

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Housing Market Index (HMI), published this week, shows numbers continuing to slide across most sectors. The overall preliminary December HMI dropped to 31, from November’s revised number of 33, indicating that builder confidence remains the less-than-positive. The NAHB attributes high mortgage rates, elevated construction costs […]

NAHB: Builder Confidence Falls for Nine Months Straight

Sep 20th, 2022

According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released this week, builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell three points in September to 46—marking nine consecutive months of decline. Aside from the spring of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic stalled nearly everything in the U.S., the […]

New Home Sales Fall to Lowest Pace in More than Six Years

Aug 29th, 2022

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) reported last week that new home sales in July fell to their lowest level since January 2016. Tepid sales pace matches declining builder confidence as reported by the association since the beginning of the year, as the industry grapples with supply chain disruptions that are delaying new home building […]

NAHB: Builder Confidence Underwater After Falling for Eighth Consecutive Month

Aug 16th, 2022

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) reports that builder confidence fell for the eighth straight month in August as elevated interest rates, ongoing supply chain problems and high home prices continue to exacerbate housing affordability challenges. In another sign that a declining housing market has failed to bottom out, builder confidence in the market for […]