Builder Confidence Highest in Two Decades

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Home builders ended the year with an apparent outbreak of euphoria. Responding to higher trending sales and low interest rates they sent the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) soaring to its highest reading since June 1999. NAHB said the December HMI, a measure of builder confidence in the market for new homes, jumped 5 points to 76. The gain was on top of a November index that was revised up from 70 to 71. “Builders are continuing to see the housing rebound that began in the spring, supported by a low supply of existing homes, low mortgage rates and a strong labor market ,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde. “While we are seeing near-term positive market conditions with a 50-year low for the unemployment rate and increased wage growth, we are still…(read more)

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