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Monday, December 19, 2005

Home Builders Confidence Falls

by Calculated Risk on 12/19/2005 03:13:00 PM

Please see Angry Bear for National Association of Home Builders HMI excerpts and links to historical tables.

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This graph shows New Home Sales vs. the NAHB traffic index from 1988 to 1991. Both series are seasonally adjusted and are normalized to 1988 = 100.

It appears that the NAHB index was generally a coincident indicator for New Home Sales in the previous housing slowdown.

With the fall in the NAHB HMI, I expect a similar fall in New Home Sales on Friday.