Last year, nearly 30 percent of new homes in the U.S. had partial or full basements, according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction.
Housing market index holds steady in August
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) held steady August at 15, the same level as in July.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held unchanged at a low level of 15 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released Monday.
Any number under 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as poor than good.
Two out of three of the HMI's component indexes posted marginal g ains in August. The component gauging current sales conditions gained one point to 16 – its highest level since March of this year – and the component gauging traffic of prospect buyers rose one point to 13 following two consecutive months at 12. However, the component gauging sales expectations for the next six months declined two points to 19, partially offsetting a six-point gain from the last month's revised number.
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