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Home Builders Cut Prices On New Homes

New homes are generally more expensive than previously owned homes. That’s not surprising. Anything brand new typically costs more than something used. But if you’re a prospective home buyer who’s been reluctant to consider buying a new house because of the price tag, the latest Housing Market Index from the National Association of Home Builders has good news for you. The index – which is based on a monthly survey of home builders – found one in five say they’ve reduced their prices in the past month. Of course, the reason they’ve cut their prices is because affordability conditions have gotten more challenging this year. Elevated prices and rising mortgage rates reduced the number of buyers active in the market. However, for buyers who’ve remained active, price cuts could be an opportunity. Robert Dietz, NAHB’s chief economist, says buyers may see more stability in the months ahead. “As signs grow that the rate of inflation is near peaking, long-term interest rates have stabilized, which will provide some stability for the demand-side of the market in the coming months,” Dietz says. (source)


Home Builders React To Growing Challenges

Home builders are a reliable barometer of housing market health, since their business depends on being able to anticipate buyers’ needs. That’s why the National Association of Home Builders’ monthly Housing Market Index – which measures builder confidence – is a closely watched industry metric. The index is scored on a scale where any number above 50 indicates more builders view conditions as good than poor. In May, the index fell for the fifth straight month, dropping to 69. Though still a positive result, it’s an indication that builders are starting to feel the effects of numerous challenges facing the market, including higher mortgage rates. “The housing market is facing growing challenges,” Robert Dietz, NAHB’s chief economist, said. “Building material costs are up 19 percent from a year ago, in less than three months mortgage rates have surged to a 12-year high and based on current affordability conditions, less than 50 percent of new and existing home sales are affordable for a typical family.” But while the market has become more challenging, all three index components remain in positive territory, including the gauge of current sales conditions which scored a 78 in May. (source)


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