NAHB Announces Increase in Builder Confidence

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released January numbers from their NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) this morning. The HMI rose 4 points to 25, the highest level since June 2007.

So what does that mean?

For the past twenty years NAHB has been conducting this survey among home builders. They ask home builders what their expectations are for single-family home sales over the next six months, poor, fair, or good. They also rate prospective buyer traffic the home builders are experiencing, from very low to very high.

The HMI showed that all four regions in the U.S. have improved in January, the largest gain of 9 was in the Northeast, bringing it up to 23.