Monday, May 18, 2009

NAHB: Builder Confidence Increases in May

by Calculated Risk on 5/18/2009 01:00:00 PM

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

This graph shows the builder confidence index from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The housing market index (HMI) increased to 16 in May from 14 in April from. The record low was 8 set in January.

The increase in April and May followed five consecutive months at either 8 or 9.

Note: any number under 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as poor than good.

Press release from the NAHB (added): Builder Confidence Continues To Rise In May

“The fact that the May HMI continued to tick up from April's five-point increase provides confirming evidence that the improved confidence level was no fluke,” added NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “This continued increase indicates that home builders feel we’re at or near the bottom of the market and that positive signs lie ahead for builders and potential home buyers, provided that builder access to production credit significantly improves.”
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Two out of three of the HMI’s component indexes rose in May. The index gauging current sales conditions rose two points to 14, while the index gauging sales expectations for the next six months rose three points to 27. The index gauging traffic of prospective buyers remained unchanged, at 13.

Regionally, the Northeast posted a three-point gain in its HMI score, to 18, while the South posted a one-point gain to 18, the West rose four points to 12, and the Midwest held even at 14.