From commodities and construction materials to interest rates and mortgage lenders, the state of real estate is at the forefront of most business and financial debates. But some say opportunities still exist -- if you know where to look. CNBC's crack team of reporters dug into the real estate market from every angle. Here is a sampling of what they found.
Facing a continued slump in the U.S. housing market, luxury home builder Hovnanian Enterprises said Monday it expects to take a charge of $90 million to $110 million related to land impairments and write-offs.
Don't worry, I'm not quarterbacking the mortgage market, but I am checking the rates, and calling around. I just ran a Bankrate.com search on a 30-year jumbo fixed rate and localized it to Richmond, VA. I came up with rates anywhere from 6.750 with Amerisave to 7.515 with Countrywide to 8.200 with Bank of America.
Financial stocks got hammered again on Thursday as renewed credit worries scared investors away from the sector. Housing stocks, however, showed surprising strength even with the growing problems in the subprime mortgage market.
Another day of big volume and big volatility. Why the late-day turnaround? With volatility like this, it's no wonder traders are lost and confused; the momentum guys are not sure if they should be buying or selling.
Speculators in homebuilder stock options had a volatile day as they chased rumors that Beazer Homes was about to file for bankruptcy, only to hear the company deny the rumors.As one trader said: "It's a chiropractors' market as we whip up and down".
Beazer Homes USA said Wednesday that rumors that sent down its stock down nearly 40% are "unfounded."
Bad news in the housing market this week was enough to rock the stock market right off its foundations. Existing home sales, new home sales, homebuilder earnings reports, no one expected them to be bright, but the numbers cast a heavy shadow on any optimism for a quick recovery in housing.
Hovnanian Enterprises Chief Executive Ara Hovnanian told CNBC Friday that the housing market's biggest problem is pyschological.
I have to say that given the earnings of the major public homebuilders that I’ve been reporting all week, Hovnanian CEO Ara Hovnanian’s comments on CNBC this morning made me wonder if his rose-colored glasses weren’t perhaps impairing his vision entirely. No offense at all to the CEO, who, I’m happy to say, is one of very few of his ilk right now that will actually agree to go on TV and speak his mind. The rest have been turning down our requests, several even telling me that I personally make them look foolish.
The slaughterhouse that has been the U.S. housing market for the past few months got bloodier on Thursday as several industry leaders reported worse results, July home sales fell more than expected and stocks throughout the sector hit multiyear lows.
Hovnanian shares have come down from their high of almost $19 Friday, after getting a late-week boost from lots of speculation Warren Buffett might be interested in buying the beaten-back homebuilder as a value play. Sham Gad, a fan of Buffett's, writes on Motley Fool today that while he has no idea if Buffett really is interested in Hovnanian, it's still worthwhile to do your own Buffett-style analysis to see if the supposed target might be a good buy.
Speculation that Warren Buffett could buy a stake in Hovnanian sent the homebuilders up. But on "Street Signs" today Cramer explained why there's a more likely target. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Shares of Hovnanian Enterprises, the No. 6 U.S. home builder, rose sharply Friday as rumors swirled that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway would buy an interest in the struggling home builder.
Shares of the beleaguered home builder Hovnanian are up sharply today amid rumors that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is buying a stake in the company. Optionmonster.com founder and frequent Fast Money player Jon Najarian is quoted as saying, "There is talk that Warren Buffett is buying a stake in Hovnanian." But our own Bob Pisani at the NYSE points out that one would expect to hear this kind of rumor on a slow Friday in July.
I know a lot of you real estate watchers out there don’t like the numbers, don’t believe the numbers, don’t want to hear me analyze the numbers, and if that’s the case, then please stop reading right here. For those of you left, you should know we’ll be getting a lot of new numbers at the beginning of next week: May Existing Home Sales from the National Association of Realtors, May New Home Sales from the U.S. Dept of Commerce and the S&P/Case Shiller Monthly Home Price Index. I know, fun stuff.
Yes, it’s yet another upshot of the downturn in housing. As big builders try to get rid of a heavy load of inventories, they’re faced with the fact that their potential customers can’t sell their existing homes and therefore can’t plunk down the big down payment on a brand spanking new one. Never fear, the builders are here. Along with all kinds of incentives, like help with the mortgage, free upgrades in the kitchen and bath, a lease on a BMW...
Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV) is feeling the effects of the subprime fallout and a softening housing market. The company lost 49 cents per share on a nearly 30% decline in revenues. Is this the bottom or is there more pain to come? The guys talk to Ara Hovnanian, CEO of Hovnanian Enterprises, to find out.
Luxury home builder Hovnanian Enterprises posted a quarterly loss on Thursday compared with a year-earlier profit and withdrew its prior earnings forecast, citing a protracted U.S. housing slowdown. 1st paragraph of story should go here.
Hovnanian and Sirius...Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.