Price Concerns Constrain Builder Confidence

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Home builder confidence continues backing down from its post-crisis peak earlier this year, although the National Association of Realtors (NAHB) calls results of its July survey “solid.” The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) dropped 2 points to 64, its lowest reading since last November . The June composite index was also revised down, from an original reading of 67. NAHB attributes the slippage to concerns over the costs of construction. “Our members are telling us they are growing increasingly concerned over rising material prices, particularly lumber,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “This is hurting housing affordability even as consumer interest in the new-home market remains strong.” “The HMI measure of current sales conditions has been at 70 or higher for eight straight…(read more)

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