Thursday, May 10, 2012

NAHB: Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Increases

by Calculated Risk on 5/10/2012 12:36:00 PM

This is a quarterly index from the the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is similar to the overall housing market index (HMI). The NAHB started this index in Q4 2008, so all readings are very low. This is expected to be key a demographic over the next couple of decades - if the baby boomers can sell their current homes.

From the NAHB: Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in the First Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes had a significant increase in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The index increased 10 points to 27, and although 27 is relatively low for an index that lies on a scale of 0 to 100, it is nevertheless the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008.

An index number below 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as poor than good. All index components remain well below 50, but increased considerably from a year ago, each reaching an all-time high: Present sales rose 12 points to 27, expected sales for the next six months increased eight points to 32 and traffic of prospective buyers rose nine points to 26.

“Like the overall single-family housing market, the 55+ housing segment is facing a slow but steady recovery,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Consumers are starting to see the resale market show some improvement, which allows them to start thinking about moving into 55+ housing.”
HMI and Starts Correlation Click on graph for larger image.

This graph compares the NAHB 55+ HMI through Q1 2012. All of the readings are very low for this index, but there has been a fairly sharp increase over the last two quarters. The overall HMI has also shown a sharp increase, but this segment has seen a somewhat larger increase in confidence.

The overall HMI for May will be released next Tuesday.