Builder Confidence at Best Levels Since 2018; Refis Still Strong Despite Purchase Decline
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), which has held in the mid-to-upper 60 range since May, finally got moving this month. The Index, a measure of home builder confidence in the market for newly constructed houses, jumped up 3 points to reach 71, the highest level since February 2018 . NAHB Chair Greg Ugalde said, "The housing rebound that began in the spring continues, supported by low mortgage rates, solid job growth and a reduction in new home inventory." "The second half of 2019 has seen steady gains in single-family construction, and this is mirrored by the gradual uptick in builder sentiment over the past few months," said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. "However, builders continue to remain cautious due to ongoing supply side constraints
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