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Homebuilder optimism slips slightly to start 2020 but is still high


A contractor uses a hammer while working on townhouse under construction at the PulteGroup Metro housing development in Milpitas, California, Oct. 25, 2018.

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The nation’s single-family homebuilders are feeling very confident about their business in the new year, as high demand and low supply make for a profitable mix.

Yet, sentiment in January did slip 1 point on the National Association of Home Builders/ Wells Fargo Housing Market Index to 75, but that is considerably higher than last January, when it was 58. Last month’s reading was a 20-year high. Anything above 50 is considered positive.

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