WASHINGTON (MNI) - U.S. home builders confidence in the new home market grew for the fifth consecutive month in September and is the highest it has been in over five years, the National Association of Home Builders reported Tuesday.

The NAHB/Wells Fargo housing market index, which measures builders confidence, found builders not only are more optimistic about the current building environment, but are hopeful sales conditions will actually be "good" six months down the road.

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