Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NAHB: Builder Confidence increased to 56 in April

by Bill McBride on 4/15/2015 10:05:00 AM

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) was at 56 in April, up from 52 in March. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

From Reuters: Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in April

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April rose four points to a level of 56 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today.
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“The HMI component index measuring future sales expectations rose five points in April to its highest level of the year,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “This uptick shows builders are feeling optimistic that the housing market will continue to strengthen throughout 2015.”
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All three HMI components registered gains in April. The component charting sales expectations in the next six months jumped five points to 64, the index measuring buyer traffic increased four points to 41, and the component gauging current sales conditions rose three points to 61.
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HMI and Starts Correlation Click on graph for larger image.

This graph show the NAHB index since Jan 1985.

This was above the consensus forecast of 55.