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Economy in Brief

U.S. NAHB Housing Market Index Remained Low But Stable
by Tom Moeller April 16, 2008

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) reported that its April Composite Housing Market Index remained stable with the prior two months and at about the same level where it's been since September. Nevertheless, these levels are more than two-thirds lower than the highs of 2004.

During the last twenty years there has been a 76% correlation between the y/y change in the Composite Index and the change in single family housing starts.

The index for single family detached homes also remained near the cycle's low which was down about three quarters from the 2004 high. Builders saw a modest improvement in single family home sales during the next six months.

The Home Builders' index remained low and stable throughout the countries' regions.

Traffic of prospective home buyers was stable for the second month at a level which was up somewhat from the recent low.

The NAHB index is a diffusion index based on a survey of builders. Readings above 50 signal that more builders view conditions good than poor.

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Nat'l Association of Home Builders April March   April '07 2007 2006 2005
Composite Housing Market Index 20 20 33 27 42 67
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