Tag Archive for ‘Housing Market Index’

Labor Shortages Ease, But Remain Worse Than in the Last Boom

With home building volumes lower, labor shortages have eased considerably since record levels set in 2021 but remain relatively widespread in a historic context, according to results from the latest NAHB/Well Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey. The February 2024 HMI survey asked builders about shortages in 16 specific trades. The percentage of builders reporting a shortage (either some or… Read More ›

Record Share of NAHB Members Report Labor Shortages

Friday’s post described how, in the construction industry, job layoffs have plunged while unfilled job positions remain elevated (according to the government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report).  If more evidence of a severe supply chain challenge is needed, the record percentages of NAHB members reporting labor shortages in recent surveys can provide it. Let’s turn first to the… Read More ›

Builder Confidence at 13-Month Low on Higher Material Costs, Home Prices

Builder sentiment in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell five points to 75 in August, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The index is at its lowest point since July 2020. Higher construction costs and supply shortages have led to significant price growth, which in turn has caused prospective buyers to… Read More ›

22% of Builders Reduced Home Prices in April 2020

The housing market did not escape the pain and contraction experienced by the US economy in April 2020 as a result of the lockdown orders issued by state and local governments to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Builder confidence posted a historic decline and there were broad declines for housing starts. In recent weeks, there has been anecdotal… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Stays at Healthy Level in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a solid 68 reading in July on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builders are optimistic about housing market conditions, basing their confidence on continued solid demand for single-family homes. However, persistent increases in construction costs make it increasingly challenging to produce homes… Read More ›

Builder Confidence Remains Solid in June

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes weakened slightly in June, down two points to a level of 67 from a downwardly revised May reading of 69 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Builder confidence levels have remained consistently sound this year, reflecting the ongoing gradual recovery of the housing market. As… Read More ›

Builders’ Sentiment Stalled

Builders remained virtually unchanged in their attitudes toward the housing market as the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell one point to 45 from a downwardly revised 46 in April. The stall has been in effect since February when the index dropped 10 points. Builders had passed the tipping point of 50 on the 0 to 100 scale in June… Read More ›

Builders Have Eased Use of Sales Incentives

One way many builders choose to bolster sales and/or limit cancellations is by providing incentives that sweeten the deal for home buyers.  The popularity of these incentives, however, is very much tied to the cycles of the housing industry.  A survey of NAHB’s builder members found that 36 percent are not offering any kind of special incentives in October 2013,… Read More ›