WASHINGTON -- Home builder confidence for single-family homes declined three points in June to a reading of 13 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).
 
"Builders are being squeezed by the continuing weakness in existing-home prices - against which they must compete -- as well as rising material costs," said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, NV. "In addition to the ongoing impacts of distressed property sales on home prices, appraisal values and consumer confidence, rising costs for materials such as roofing, copper, wallboard, vinyl siding and other components have made it extremely difficult to construct a new home and sell it at a price that covers the costs."

Read the NAHB's full press release.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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