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Diminished future sales expectations rising costs lower builder confidence
Research - MARCH 18, 2022

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Diminished future sales expectations rising costs lower builder confidence

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Ongoing lumber and building material supply side constraints, rising construction costs and expectations of higher interest rates continue to negatively affect builder sentiment even as buyer demand remains relatively solid.

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes moved two points lower to 79 in March from a downwardly revised reading in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the third straight month that builder sentiment has declined and the first time that the HMI has dipped below the 80-point mark since last September.

“While builders continue to report solid buyer traffic numbers, helped by historically low existing home inventory and a persistent housing deficit, increasing development and construction costs have taken a toll on builder confidence,” said Jerry Konter, NAHB chairman and a builder and developer from Savannah, Ga. “We ca

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