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Home Prices Rise 6.3% in October, Most in 6 Years

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market. Core Logic also said Tuesday that prices declined 0.2 percent in October from... Continue Reading »

Home Prices Increase in Most Major U.S. Cities

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy. Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller reported Tuesday that its 20-city index of home prices rose 3 percent in September compared with the... Continue Reading »

Homebuilder Confidence Posts Largest 1-Month Jump in a Decade

By Kerri Ann Panchuk Homebuilder confidence rose six points in July, its steepest one-month increase in over a decade, according to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB released the Housing Market Index that it compiled in tandem with Wells Fargo on Tuesday. The report shows the Home... Continue Reading »

NAHB Housing Market Index Shows Drop in Builder Confidence

In a slight letdown for housing bulls, homebuilder confidence slipped in April against the backdrop of uninspiring market signs that have tempered the view that a market recovery is accelerating. The National Association of Home Builders/Housing Market Index dipped to 25 in April, the NAHB says, marking a three-point drop... Continue Reading »

Builder Confidence Up at Last (Just a Little)

Finally, a bit good news in the housing market. October's NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, released today, is up four points -- the biggest jump in a year and a half. The index, which measures homebuilders' confidence in the health of the single-family home market, is an indication that, in some places at least, the... Continue Reading »

Homebuilder Confidence Stays Flat As Obstacles Persist

WASHINGTON - Homebuilders are just as pessimistic about the depressed housing market as they were two years ago. The National Association of Home Builders said Monday that its index of builder sentiment in August was unchanged at 15. The index has been below 20 for all but one month during the past two years. Any reading... Continue Reading »

Housing Outlook: Homebuilder Confidence Stuck in a Rut

Homebuilder confidence remained flat in May, as tight credit and a glut of distressed properties on the market continue to deflate expectations. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which gauges builder confidence on three criteria -- current home sales, projected sales in six months... Continue Reading »

Home Builders Brighten Their View -- a Bit

Homeowners, take heart -- the market shows signs of life yet. For the first time in four months, home builder confidence inched up one point to its highest level since May. Home builder confidence in new, single-family homes rose to a score of 17 in March, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo... Continue Reading »

Housing Market Data Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

Over the past two weeks we have been bombarded with housing market data, much of it seemingly contradictory. • On February 15, the National Association of Home Builders released their Housing Market Index for February. The Index measures confidence among home builders, where 50 is neutral, higher is positive, and... Continue Reading »

Homebuyers More Serious, Builders Say

Homebuilder confidence is growing as more buyers plan to buy in the near future. The housing market index, an expression of builder sentiment, ticked up slightly in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The second positive move in two months does not reflect a significant traffic increase at... Continue Reading »

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