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Housing Market Index  
Released On 12/18/2017 10:00:00 AM For Dec, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
Housing Market Index70 69 70 69  to 71 74 

New home sales began to surge back in September and are now giving a significant lift to home builder sentiment as the housing market index rose a very sharp 5 points to a new expansion high at 74. The traffic component is a standout in the December report, surging 8 points to an expansion high of 58 to indicate a flood of new buyers in the market. Current sales are up 4 points at 81 with 6-month sales up 3 points to 79, also expansion highs. The West has a composite score of 85 followed by the Midwest at 76 and South at 75. The Northeast lags at 53. Today's report points to strength for tomorrow's housing starts and permits report.

Consensus Outlook
Home builders have been reporting rising confidence going into year end with the housing market index moving 4 points higher in October to 68 followed by a 2 point gain in November to 70 and the best reading since March. Strength in this report has not translated this year to equivalent strength in actual housing data though new home sales have in fact been coming alive in recent months. Forecasters see December's index holding at 70.

The National Association of Home Builders produces a housing market index based on a survey in which respondents from this organization are asked to rate the general economy and housing market conditions. The housing market index is a weighted average of separate diffusion indexes: present sales of new homes, sales of new homes expected in the next six months, and traffic of prospective buyers in new homes.  Why Investors Care

2017 Release Schedule
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