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Warmer weather could get more people out looking, but potentially higher monthly payments create a major hurdle to purchasing.
The Fed put is still very much alive. That, bulls argue, will be a major underpinning for stocks in 2014.
Some of Thursday's midday movers:
U.S. stock index futures wavered between slight gains and losses on Thursday.
"We look for stressed sectors toward year end," Larry McDonald says.
While education appears to be the primary draw for the buyers, many are also concerned about China's political instability, inflation, even pollution.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Monday, lifted by upbeat economic data from China, but ongoing worries over Syria kept a damper on gains.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
U.S. car companies are reveling in their strongest monthly sales in about five years. The housing market is rebounding. But overall economic growth is feeble at best.
Hovnanian Enterprises' CEO Ara Hovnanian expressed little concern over what impact an end to the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program might have on mortgage rates.
Ara Hovnanian, Hovnanian Enterprises chairman and CEO, explains why he thinks the housing sector is in the early innings of a recovery.
Stocks posted sharp declines across the board Wednesday, with the Dow ending below 15,000, following weakness in overseas markets and amid concerns over when the Fed will start tapering its bond-buying program on the heels of several mixed economic reports.
We've had Federal Reserve officials say it's time to consider tapering bond purchases, but we haven't had a Fed official declaring a rally of anything "over." Until now.
U.S. stock futures point to a lower open, after the Nikkei tumbled nearly 4 percent when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's third "Abenomics" arrow failed to impress investors.
CNBC real estate reporter Diana Olick with what to expect in the housing sector this spring.
CNBC's Diana Olick looks at today's mortgage application numbers. A drop in the rate of the 30-year fixed sent mortgage apps higher, she reports.
"We're close to it. The market fluctuates, and I think it's going to rise and we'll probably see it soon," one pro said.
Despite an improving housing market and firming prices, it's going to be difficult to achieve what is already priced into the stocks, which skyrocketed last year, an analyst told CNBC.
High-end home builder Toll Brothers reports fiscal Q1 earnings on Wednesday. CNBC's Diana Olick reports on analysts' expectations.
After improving in 2011, foreclosures ramped up again in 2012, and will likely continue to rise as banks clear out backlogs of distressed loans. More than half of the top 200 U.S. housing markets saw foreclosure numbers rise, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, reports CNBC's Diana Olick.