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Home builder ratings rise in October

The National Association of Home Builders' composite Housing Market Index rose to 41 while the "buyer traffic" index climbed to 35, a level not seen since April 2006.

By Guest blogger / October 16, 2012

This graph tracks the Housing Market Index over the past decade. While all indicators have made truly spectacular improvements this year, it's important to note that conditions still remain fairly distressed by historic standards, according to SoldAtTheTop.

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Today, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) showing continued improvement in October with the composite HMI index rising to 41 while the "buyer traffic" index climbed to 35, a level not seen since April 2006.

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While all indicators have made truly spectacular improvements this year, it's important to note that conditions still remain fairly distressed by historic standards.

Although, looking at the data, it is fairly clear that the last few months of results indicate a major change in builder sentiment likely coming as a result of improvements in confidence given the notable rise in buyer traffic, reduced inventory and a more balanced monthly supply. 

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