Builder Confidence Slips for First Time in Seven Months – NMP Skip to main content

Builder Confidence Slips for First Time in Seven Months

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Apr 16, 2012

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes declined for the first time in seven months this April, sliding three notches to 25 according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The decline brings the index back to where it was in January, which was the highest level since 2007. "Although builders in many markets are noting increased interest among potential buyers, consumers are still very hesitant to go forward with a purchase, and our members are realigning their expectations somewhat until they see more actual signed sales contracts," said Barry Rutenberg, chairman of NAHB and a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 25 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as "good," "fair" or "poor." The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as "high to very high," "average" or "low to very low." Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. "What we're seeing is essentially a pause in what had been a fairly rapid build-up in builder confidence that started last September," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "This is partly because interest expressed by buyers in the past few months has yet to translate into expected sales activity, but is also reflective of the ongoing challenges that are slowing the housing recovery—particularly tight credit conditions for builders and buyers, competition from foreclosures and problems with obtaining accurate appraisals." Regionally, the HMI results were somewhat mixed in April, with the Northeast posting a four-point gain to 29 (its highest level since May of 2010), the West posting no change at 32, the South posting a three-point decline to 24 and the Midwest posting an eight-point decline to 23.
Published
Apr 16, 2012
loanDepot And mellohome's 'Grand Slam' Experience Builds Momentum

After recently launching Grand Slam, a new buying experience, loadDepot and its sister company, mellohome, has seen more than 1,400 accepted customer offers.

Industry News
Dec 08, 2021
SoCal VA Homes Stresses Importance Of New VA Loan Limits

SoCal VA Homes, a company that works exclusively with active military and Veteran homebuyers, expressed how important the Federal Housing Finance Agency's new conforming loan limit is to the demographic.

Military Lending
Dec 08, 2021
OpenClose Launches Mobile Assist

OpenClose, a fintech provider of mortgage software solutions for banks, credit unions, and mortgage lenders launched its native mobile app platform, Mobile Assist.

Tech
Dec 07, 2021
Deephaven Heightens Foreign National DSCR Program

Deephaven is amping up its Foreign National DSCR Program as a response to the increase in the real estate investment market.

Non-QM
Dec 07, 2021
Revolution Mortgage Opens Second Mortgage Branch In Cincinnati

Columbus, OH-based Revolution Mortgage announced the opening of its second branch in Cincinnati and 14th branch in Ohio.

Industry News
Dec 06, 2021
Nations Lending Teams Up With NBA Legend Dennis Rodman On Integrated Brand Campaign

Nations Lending, a full-service national mortgage lender, announced the launch of its first integrated brand campaign starring NBA Champion and All-Star Dennis Rodman.

Sales and Marketing
Dec 06, 2021