(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released today, shows its third consecutive monthly gain. This is its highest level since this January. The Builder confidence in the market of newly built, single-family homes rose to 55, up two points.
“As the employment picture brightens, builders are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of serious buyers entering the market,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.
Every region experienced gains in its three-month moving average HMI score for August. The south was up one point to 52; the Northeast up 2 points to 38; the West up four points to 56; and the Midwest posted the largest increase, up seven points to 55.
The HMI is derived form a survey the NAHB has been conducting for 30 years to gauge 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 prosective buyer traffice as “high to very high,” “average,” or “low to very low.” These scores are then used to find the seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.
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