Confidence among U.S. home builders keeps slumping

STORY: Single-family home builders’ confidence fell for the ninth straight month in September

Source: National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Market index

One index says it’s at its lowest level since May 2014 - excluding the spring of 2020

It’s at 46 points and readings below 50 mean builders see conditions as “poor”

Steep prices for building materials and soaring mortgage rates

have made housing less affordable for many first-time buyers

Source: Freddie Mac

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate recently spiked above 6% for the first time since November 2008

The Fed’s aggressive monetary policy tightening has also had a significant impact on the housing market

Source: Reuters survey

New home construction permits are expected to have declined by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 75,000 units from July to August