Monday, July 19, 2010

Homebuilder Blues: NAHB/Wells Fargo Home Builder Ratings July 2010

Today, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) showing a continued pullback for all measures as home builders downwardly adjusted their outlook in the wake of the home "buyer" tax credit expiration.

It's important to recognize that currently each sentiment index shows notable year-over-year declines with each still sitting near the lowest levels seen in over 20 years, a testament to the significance of the latest pullback.

Further, the "buyer traffic" index is showing the weakest results pulling back some 23% since July of 2009 and sitting just 3 points above the lowest level ever recorded.

The new home market will likely not resume any significant form of healthy function until the considerable overhang of inventory is cleared.


  1. Holy cow! Those graphs do not inspire confidence.

    In fact they scare me for the future of our country.

  2. The Realestate folks would have us believe, there has been a slight improvement in sales. Reality, the banks don't trust anyone. They would rather watch homes be destroyed because of no occupants than give the mortgage holder a break. Greed hasn't turned a new leaf, its worse than ever.