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Housing Advances May Be Deceptive

Housing stocks moved Friday after new data showed construction hit its highest level in 7 months.

However all may not be as it appears. Builders rushed to pour foundations for homes that must be completed by the end of November for first-time buyers to take advantage of a special tax break.

As you may remember, first-time buyers are eligible for a tax credit worth 10 percent of the purchase price, with a cap of $8,000, this year only, due to Obama's stimulus package.

"The largest spark...has been the looming deadline," says David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders.

However, shares of major homebuilders rose on the news, with KB Home and Hovnanian among the sector’s top winners.

But even with the better-than-expected figures, the pace was still 46% below last year, and many pundits don't expect a quick rebound. That's because companies are still shedding jobs and home prices are falling, making people hesitant to commit to buying a new home.

"There's still a long way to go before one wants to declare anything that begins to look like a strong recovery or success," says Rebecca Blank, undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs.

Better not tell that to Deutsche Bank economist Joe LaVorgna. He tells the Fast Money desk that after months of being extremely bearish, he's starting to feel more optimistic. In fact he says, “I think the housing market may have bottomed!”

Find out what's influencing LaVorgna's outlook. Watch the video now!

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