Low Rates and Strong Jobs Numbers Bolster Builder Confidence

The Housing Market Index (HMI) continues to recover from the plunge it took in November and December when it dropped an aggregate of 12 points. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo measure of builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes added another 4 points in February to the 2 it gained in January. It now standards at 62 on a 100-point scale. "Ongoing reduction in mortgage rates in recent weeks coupled with continued strength in the job market are helping to fuel builder sentiment," said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. "In the aftermath of the fall slowdown, many builders are reporting positive expectations for the spring selling season." Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the HMI gauges builder perceptions...(read more)

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