U.S. builder confidence for new single-family homes in July fell 1 point from June to 80, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI component gauging current sales conditions dropped 1 point to 86 and the measurement of sales expectations in the next six months rose 2 points from June to 81. The component measuring prospective buyer traffic declined 6 points to 65 in July.
Derived from a monthly NAHB survey, the HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months. Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good rather than poor. See NAHB