According to home builders around the country, the housing market is looking good.
Each month, the National Association of Home Builders releases its Housing Market Index report, a survey meant to “take the pulse of the single-family housing market”.
Respondents report on three facets of their business, each series weighted and averaged:
- How are market conditions today?
- How do market conditions look 6 months from now?
- How is the traffic of prospective buyers of new homes?
For the 3rd straight month, the Housing Market Index improved. It’s now at its highest level since May 2008.
The housing market has shown signs of life since March. Both Existing Home Sales and New Homes Sales have soared and home values are up in a lot of towns. Builders showing confidence is another positive signal.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the recession is “very likely over” and strong housing data corroborates that statement.
As the economy strengthens and housing does, too, home sellers will start to regain the upper-hand in contract negotiations. If you’re an active home buyer, therefore, and looking for “a deal”, be aware that time is close to running out.