MBS MID-DAY: Bond Markets Flatten Out After Post-Cyprus Rally


– Index stands at 44 vs 47 consensus, lowest since Oct
– Singe-fam sales index falls to 47 from 51
– Prospective buyers index rises to 35 from 32
– 6 month outlook rises to 51 from 50

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes paused for a third consecutive month in March, with a two-point reduction to 44 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today.

“Following eight consecutive months of improvement, builder confidence leveled off in January and has since edged down several points,” noted NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Although many of our members are reporting increased demand for new homes in their markets, their enthusiasm is being tempered by frustrating bottlenecks in the supply chain for developed lots along with rising costs for building materials and labor. At the same time, problems with appraisals and credit availability remain considerable obstacles to completing deals.”

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