WASHINGTON - Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a second consecutive month in May to its highest level in more than two years, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).
 
The HMI gained three points to 22 in May, its highest point since August of 2007.

“Builders surveyed for the HMI at the beginning of May were undoubtedly reacting to the heightened consumer interest they had just witnessed as the deadline for home buyer tax credits arrived at the end of April,” said Bob Jones, chairman of the NAHB and a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “Builders are also hopeful that the solid momentum that the tax credits initiated will continue even now that those incentives are gone.”

Read National Association of Home Builders' press release.

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