Housing Economics

Housing Economics

NAHB provides in-depth economic analysis of the most significant issues and latest trends driving the housing industry.

Builder Confidence Surges Amid Lumber Price Increases

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Home builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes increased five points in September, reaching an all-time high of 83, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Historic traffic numbers have builders seeing positive market conditions, but many in the industry are worried about rising costs and delays for building materials, especially lumber. Lumber prices are up more than 170% since mid-April, adding more than $16,000 to the price of a typical new single-family home.

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Data at a Glance

NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI)

The HMI offers an insider’s perspective on the current state of housing. Each month, builder sentiment about the present and near-term housing market is depicted on a scale of 0 to 100, indicating the portion of builders experiencing positive market conditions.

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Housing’s Economic Impact

Housing impacts local economies. See estimates of the jobs, income, and taxes generated from typical single family and multifamily housing projects. These reports can be customized for your area.

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National Statistics

The latest on starts and permits, home sales, lumber prices, mortgage rates and more.

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State and Local Data

Regional reporting of building permits, home sales, employment and workforce demand.

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Forecasts

Analysis from NAHB economists on the current and future state of housing.

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Indices

Exclusive NAHB surveys provide insights from several sectors throughout the industry.

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Estimating Tools

Economic models help determine rent costs, home prices and housing affordability.

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Special Studies

Detailed research on a wide variety of topics related to the U.S. housing market.

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