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Monday, August 18, 2008

NAHB: Builder Confidence at Record Low

by Calculated Risk on 8/18/2008 01:20:00 PM

The NAHB reports that builder confidence was at 16 in August, unchanged from July. Usually housing bottoms look like a "V"; this one will probably look more like an "L". (this refers to activity like starts and sales, but will probably also be apparent in the confidence survey).

Residential NAHB Housing Market Index Click on graph for larger image in new window.

Current sales activity is near a record low of 16. Traffic of Prospective Buyers
is at a record low of 12.

NAHB Press Release: Builder Confidence Holds Steady In August

Anticipating positive impacts of newly enacted housing stimulus legislation, single-family home builders registered some improvement in their outlook for home sales in the next six months, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released today. The overall confidence measure held even this month at 16, while the component gauging sales expectations rose two points to 25.
“While our overall measure of builder confidence remains at a record low at this time, it is a good sign that two out of three of the HMI’s component indexes rose in August, and this may be an indication that we are nearing the bottom of the long downswing in new-home sales,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Seiders. “Our current forecast shows stabilization of sales during the second half of this year, followed by solid recovery in 2009 and beyond.”