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The one thing standing in the way of a more robust housing recovery, is tight credit. Mortgage rates are at near-historic lows, but too many potential home buyers still cannot access these rates due to damaged credit.
A jump in signed contract to buy newly built homes in September brought volumes to the highest level since April of 2010. Is it enough to put a period on the statement that housing is in full recovery? Perhaps, but not an exclamation point.
It’s hard to imagine, given that the nation’s housing market is still digging itself out of an epic foreclosure crisis, that there just are not enough homes available to buy. But, that may be the case.
NEW YORK-- The shares of at least four homebuilders hit new highs and construction materials companies got a boost as well Wednesday from the release of a new report showing that U.S. builders started construction on homes in September at the fastest rate since July 2008, another sign of a recovering housing market.
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Real estate is and always will be local, and this recovery is becoming increasingly local. That is clear in the latest numbers on supplies of distressed homes.
NEW YORK-- Shares of homebuilders climbed on Wednesday as recent data continues to point to signs that the housing market is making a sustained comeback. Sales of new homes remained near a two-year high in August, the government said last week.
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The government has been pushing more short sales at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through financial incentives, and banks are streamlining the process. But all the progress that has been made could end abruptly.
In a dismal summer for economic stats, housing continues to be the bright spot.
Stocks closed higher in choppy trading Tuesday, wiping out the previous session's declines, thanks to better-than-expected earnings reports and as investors remained hopeful that the central bank may still be open to further easing.
Take a look at some of Wednesday’s morning movers:
Take a look at some of Tuesday’s morning movers:
Another tough Monday for the markets but Alcoa starts earnings season on a positive note; USDA reports the drought is getting worse; Denny’s is heading to China and the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner is heading to Japan.
Despite a slow and cautious recovery in housing, the nation's big public home builders appear to be gaining ground...and building on it.
Single family rental demand is soaring, as are rents, and investors are rushing to cash in. A small but growing number of developers are now building single family homes as rentals.
Stocks finished mixed Monday after wavering in a tight range for most of the session as ongoing worries over Spain overshadowed results of the weekend's Greek elections and as investors hesitated to jump in ahead of the FOMC meeting.
Take a look at some of Friday's morning movers:
Stocks closed mixed Monday, with the Dow edging closer to the psychologically-important 13,000 level and the S&P 500 holding near its key 1,370 level, but gains were limited as the Nasdaq was dragged down by heavyweights such as Apple and Google.