We didn't need KB Home's dismal quarterly earningsrelease today to tell us that foreclosures are digging home builders into an even deeper hole.
We knew that already; this just put a period on it.
KB caters to first time home buyers, with smaller, less expensive homes. Unfortunately, bargain basement foreclosures, many of which are relatively new construction, offer more home for the money, and first time buyers are making up less of the buying population today than historical norms.
Right now banks are pushing foreclosures to market faster than ever, perhaps due to improving paperwork procedures, and perhaps due to the fear of some kind of settlement/penalty coming down the pike from state attorneys general and federal regulators. In any case, the volumes are rising, and that hurts home prices and home builders.