Posts Tagged ‘ construction costs ’

Will Higher Home Prices Slow the Pace for Doors and Windows?

Feb 14th, 2024

In the third quarter of 2023, rising mortgage rates, elevated construction costs and a limited inventory of homes pushed housing affordability to its lowest level in more than a decade. Meanwhile, new fourth-quarter statistics show little improvement. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released last week, just […]

Despite Low Builder Confidence, Door and Window Companies See Better Months Ahead

Nov 22nd, 2023

Rising mortgage rates, elevated construction costs and limited inventory have pushed housing affordability to its lowest point in more than a decade, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported. According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), just 37.4% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of […]

Rising Mortgage Rates Lower Housing Starts

Sep 21st, 2023

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly issued new residential construction statistics for August 2023 and the numbers point to a drop in both building permits and housing starts compared to this time last year. The numbers were down 2.7% and 14.8% respectively. Building permits, the report noted, […]

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 […]

Builder Confidence Slides in February

Feb 22nd, 2022

The National Association of Homebuilders announced last week that despite strong buyer demand, builder sentiment continued to slip in February as the industry grapples with ongoing building material production bottlenecks that are raising construction costs and delaying projects. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes moved one point lower, to 82 in […]