by Bill McBride on 7/16/2015 10:06:00 AM
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported the housing market index (HMI) was at 60 in July, unchanged from June (but June was revised up). Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.
From the NAHB: Builder Confidence Hits Highest Level Since November 2005
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in July hit a level of 60 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today while the June reading was revised upward one point to 60 as well. The last time the HMI reached this level was in November 2005.Click on graph for larger image.
“This month’s reading is in line with recent data showing stronger sales in both the new and existing home markets as well as continued job growth,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “However, builders still face a number of challenges, including shortages of lots and labor.”
Two of the three HMI components posted gains in July. The component gauging current sales conditions rose one point to 66 and the index charting sales expectations in the next six months increased two points to 71. Meanwhile, the component measuring buyer traffic dropped a single point to 43.
Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the West and Northeast each rose three points to 60 and 47, respectively. The South and Midwest posted respective one-point gains to 61 and 55.
This graph show the NAHB index since Jan 1985.
This was above the consensus forecast of 59.