Builder confidence available in the market for newly-built single-family properties elevated 5 factors to 76 in December off an upwardly revised November studying, based on the most recent National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) launched right now. This is the best studying since June of 1999.

“Builders are continuing to see the housing rebound that began in the spring, supported by a low supply of existing homes, low mortgage rates and a strong labor market,” stated NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a house builder and developer from Torrington, Conn.

“While we are seeing near-term positive market conditions with a 50-year low for the unemployment rate and increased wage growth, we are still underbuilding due to supply-side constraints like labor and land availability,” stated NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Higher development costs are hurting affordability and dampening more robust construction growth.”

Derived from a month-to-month survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of present single-family residence gross sales and gross sales expectations for the subsequent six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey additionally asks builders to price visitors of potential consumers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for every element are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index the place any quantity over 50 signifies that extra builders view circumstances pretty much as good than poor.

All three HMI elements registered positive factors in December. The HMI index gauging present gross sales circumstances rose seven factors to 84, the element measuring gross sales expectations within the subsequent six months edged up one level to 79 and the measure charting visitors of potential consumers elevated 4 factors to 58.

Looking on the three-month shifting averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast fell two factors to 61, the Midwest elevated 5 factors to 63, the South moved one level increased to 76 and the West rose three factors to 84.

Editor’s Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and isn’t seen or influenced by any outdoors celebration previous to being launched to the general public. HMI tables may be discovered at nahb.org/hmi. More info on housing statistics can also be obtainable at housingeconomics.com.

Jeff Thornton