NAHB survey reports a drop in builder confidence

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes declined three points in June, according to NAHB.

June 15, 2011
builder confidence, home ownership, homeownership, housing market, HMI

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes declined three points in June to a reading of 13 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), according to NAHB. The index has remained at a low but steady level for six months until June.

"Builders are being squeezed by the continuing weakness in existing-home prices – against which they must compete -- as well as rising material costs," said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nev. "In addition to the ongoing impacts of distressed property sales on home prices, appraisal values and consumer confidence, rising costs for materials such as roofing, copper, wallboard, vinyl siding and other components have made it extremely difficult to construct a new home and sell it at a price that covers the costs."

The data was gathered from a monthly survey the NAHB has conducted for more than 20 years. The index gauges 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 from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

For more information: www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?sectionID=134&newsID=12894

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