Home builder confidence in the new, single-family construction market is going strong, despite dialing back in the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index reading for January was 72, just two points under a spike in December. An above-50 reading indicates more builders have a positive outlook than a negative one.
But Could ‘Easily’ Exceed 1.3 Million This Year
Home-building activity stumbled in December, with housing starts down 8.2 percent to a rate of 1,192,000, according to the latest data from U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 11.8 percent to 836,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more came in at 352,000.