Builder confidence edged its way higher in September,
ending a three-month slump. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
reports that the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose a single point
to 76 in September. The HMI is a measure of home builder attitudes toward the
new home sales market. NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz says, “Builder sentiment has been
gradually cooling since the HMI hit an all-time high reading of 90 last
November. The September data show stability as some building material cost
challenges ease, particularly for softwood lumber. However, delivery times
remain extended and the chronic construction labor shortage is expected to
persist as the overall labor market recovers.”




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