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Builder Confidence Edges Up

Friday, November 17, 2017

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in November on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), the highest score since March, and the second highest on record since July 2005.

“November’s builder confidence reading is close to a post-recession high – a strong indicator that the housing market continues to grow steadily,” said NAHB chairman Granger MacDonald, a homebuilder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “However, our members still face supply-side constraints, such as lot and labor shortages and ongoing building material price increases.”

The construction site of new homes being built for a new community.

“Demand for housing is increasing at a consistent pace, driven by job and economic growth, rising home-ownership rates and limited housing inventory,” said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz. “With these economic fundamentals in place, we should see continued upward movement of the single-family housing market as we close out 2017.”

Two out of the three HMI components registered gains in November. The component gauging current sales conditions rose two points to 77 and the index measuring buyer traffic increased two points to 50. Meanwhile, the index charting sales expectations in the next six months dropped a single point to 77.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast jumped five points to 54 and the South rose one point to 69. Both the West and Midwest remained unchanged at 77 and 63, respectively. 

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