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Builder Confidence Holds Steady in September

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), builder confidence in the market for new, single-family homes remained unchanged in Sept. at 58. “While builder confidence is holding at the highest level in nearly eight years, many are reporting some hesitancy on the part of buyers due to the sharp increase in interest rates,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. Based on builder perceptions of current sales, sales expectations for the next six months and traffic of prospective buyers, the survey has been used for 25 years, and any number over 50 indicates more builders see conditions as good rather than poor. MHProNews has learned all four regions recorded gains: The Midwest and the West each advanced four points, and the Northeast and South both saw gains of two points.

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Higher Mortgage Rates Cause Pause, may Fuel more Home Sales soon

August 26th, 2013 Comments off

nahb-2-logo-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-home-marketing-sales-management-mhpronews-com-The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tells MHProNews that sales of newly built, single family homes declined in July 13.4%, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 394,000 units. “The drop-off in sales in July is in part a reflection of buyers’ reaction to the recent uptick in mortgage rates as people reassess their budgets to determine how much house they can afford,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the NAHB. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said, “However, there is still a great deal of pent-up demand for homes in markets nationwide, and builders continue to report improving consumer interest. This suggests that what we’re seeing is a temporary pause, and that buyers will return to the market once they are confident that the higher mortgage rates are here to stay.” ##

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Improving Markets Index Slips Slightly

August 6th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for August lost eight markets from the listing in July, dropping to 247 metropolitan areas that show improvement, but three times the number included one year-ago August. The index measures job growth, home price appreciation and single-family housing permit growth, areas that must show improvement for six consecutive months before a metro area can be included on the list. NAHB Chairman Rick Judson says, “In all, 244 metros that were listed as improving in July retained that status in August, and this is an encouraging sign of the continuing housing recovery.” As MHProNews has learned, nearly 70 percent of all U. S. metro areas are represented on the list which includes 49 of the states and the District of Columbia.

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New Home Sales Rise in June

July 24th, 2013 Comments off

Sales of new single-family homes spiked 8.3 percent in June to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 497,000 units, says the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), their best pace in the last five years, according to the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. The inventory of 161,000 new homes for sale in June marks a thin, 3.9 month inventory at the current sales pace, the lowest level since March of 2004. Rick Judson, NAHB Chairman, says, “The very low supply of new homes on the market is indicative of the difficulty that builders are having in keeping up with demand due to availability issues with regard to materials, credit, labor and lots for development.” Regionally, three of four experienced gains in new home sales: The Northeast increased 18.5 percent, the West posted a 13.8 percent gain, and the South moved up 10.p percent. The Midwest fell 11.8 percent, as MHProNews has learned.

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Newly-built Housing Index Highest in Seven Years

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, builder confidence for newly-built single-family homes rose six points to 57, the index’s third consecutive monthly gain and the highest reading since Jan. 2006. Based on builder perceptions of current home sales, traffic of prospective buyers and sales expectations for the coming six months, any number over 50 indicates builders see the market as good rather than poor. While the numbers show definite improvement in the newly-built housing market, NAHB Chairman Rick Judson cautions, “This positive momentum could be disrupted by threats on the policy side, particularly with regard to the mortgage interest deduction and federal support for the housing finance system.” MHProNews has learned all four regions registered positive news: The Northeast gained four points to 40, the Midwest moved up eight points to 54, while the South increased five-points to 50 and the West hit 51 after moving up three points.

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Housing Market Slips Month-over-Month, but Flourishes Year-over-Year

July 8th, 2013 Comments off

A total of 255 metropolitan housing markets across 49 states and the District of Columbia have remained on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for July, down from the 263 areas that ranked in June, but over three times the number listed in July 2012. Based on continued improvements in housing permits, employment and house prices for six consecutive months, NAHB Chairman Rick Judson says, “This is the sixth straight month in which at least 70 percent of all U.S. metros have qualified for the Improving Markets Index. The relative stability of the IMI is representative of the broad recovery underway, which is much more extensive than what we were looking at one year ago.” NAHB’s Chief Economist David Crowe expects expansion of the housing market to continue through the year despite shortages of labor, lots, credit and some building materials, as MHProNews has learned.

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Housing Market Index Posts Largest Gain in over Ten Years

June 17th, 2013 Comments off

For the first time in seven years, builder confidence for newly-built single-family homes has surpassed the 50th percentile mark, which indicates builders see the market as good rather than poor. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) gained eight points to 52. Based on a survey the NAHB has been conducting for 25 years, the HMI measures builder perceptions of current sales, prospective buyers, and sales expectations for the coming six months. The index has not risen eight points since the fall of 2002. “This is the first time the HMI has been above 50 since April 2006, and surpassing this important benchmark reflects the fact that builders are seeing better market conditions as demand for new homes increases,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. Regionally, the Northeast, South and Midwest all posted gains while the West fell one point, as MHProNews has learned.

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Housing Markets Improving

June 6th, 2013 Comments off

According to the National Association Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), five U. S. housing markets have been added to the list of those returning to health in June. Based on housing permits, employment and house prices that have been improving for six months, “This is the fifth consecutive month in which the IMI has designated more than 70 percent of U.S. metros as improving,” observed NAHB Chairman Rick Judson. As MHProNews has learned, twenty-nine markets were added to the IMI while 24 markets fell away from the list. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe says, “The number of improving markets is now more than three times what it was in June 2012.”

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Builders want Congressional Support

June 4th, 2013 Comments off

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, Rick Judson, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, said, “How lawmakers and regulators deal with tax reform, home energy codes and the availability of building materials will go a long way to ensure a robust, long-term recovery for housing and the economy.” Noting the importance to our economy of home ownership, he says while NAHB supports tax reform, any change in policy that makes it tougher for people to become homeowners “Will have a significant long-term impact on household wealth accumulation and the makeup of the middle class as a whole.” As MHProNews has learned, NAHB is also asking building code officials to grant tax credits for building more energy-efficient homes. “Any effort to ease escalating price pressures, help rebuild the supply chain and support a continuing housing recovery is effective economic policy,” said Judson.

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Bipartisan Legislation will Ease Credit Access

May 23rd, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports the inventory of newly-built homes because of the recession has led to both houses of Congress with legislation seeking to resolve some ongoing credit access problems for builders. S. 1002 Senators was introduced by Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga). Similar to the bill in the Senate, H. R.1225 was introduced in the House by Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). NAHB Chairman Rick Judson says new homes lead to new jobs and additional revenue for all levels of government. As MHProNews knows, Rep. Gary Miller also co-sponsored HR 1779, The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, as we reported here May 3, 2013.

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