Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained unchanged in April at a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Builder confidence has held firm at 58 for three consecutive months, showing that the single-family housing sector continues to recover at a slow but consistent pace,” said Ed Brady, NAHB chairman. “As we enter the spring home buying season, we should see the market move forward.”
The HMI components that measure sales expectations in the next six months rose one point to 62, and the index gauging buyer traffic also increased a single point to 44. Meanwhile, the component charting current sales conditions fell two points to 63. Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, all four regions registered slight declines. The Northeast and West each fell two points to 44 and 67, respectively. Meanwhile, the Midwest and South each posted respective one-point losses to 57 and 58.
“Builders remain cautiously optimistic about construction growth in 2016,” said Robert Dietz, NAHB chief economist. “Solid job creation and low mortgage interest rates will sustain continued gains in the single-family housing market in the months ahead.”
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