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Builder Confidence Skyrockets, Matching 1988 Record

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Builders have tied their 32-year old record for confidence as measured by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index, which has been conducted by NAHB for 35 years, jumped by 6 points in August to 78 and is also 6 points higher than it was in March, before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down some construction sites and shut in much of the buying public. The last time the HMI was this high was in December 1988. Builders also set a survey high with their perceptions of buyer traffic. Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market 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…(read more)

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