The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index measures builder confidence in the market for new, single-family homes on a scale where any number above 50 indicates more builders view the market as good than poor. In October, the index increased to 41. It was the sixth straight month of gains and put confidence at its highest level since June 2006. Barry Rutenberg, NAHB’s chairman, said many builders are reporting increases in the number of serious buyers visiting their sales offices and the overall confidence measure is much higher than it was a year ago. October’s gains were driven by a five point increase in the component measuring traffic of prospective buyers, which rose to its strongest reading since April 2006. Regionally, builder confidence was up in three of four regions, with the Northeast unchanged from the month before. More here and here.