updated 6/15/2009 1:25:35 PM ET 2009-06-15T17:25:35

The National Association of Home Builders says its housing market index slipped by one point in June, reflecting many builders' uncertainty about when their business prospects might improve.

The Washington-based trade association said Monday the index fell to 15 — the first decline since January, when the index dropped to an all-time low of 8.

Index readings lower than 50 indicate negative sentiment about the market.

The report reflects a survey of 548 residential developers nationwide, tracking builders' perceptions of market conditions.

The index readings for current sales conditions and traffic by prospective buyers remained unchanged from May. The reading on expectations for sales over the next six months dropped by a point.

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