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Homebuilder Confidence Rises, Barely

APBuilders complain of a shortage of workers. By Paul Wiseman U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for homebuyers and a shortage of workers and available land. The National Association of Home... Continue Reading »

Homebuilders' Confidence Rises Slightly

AP By Alex Veiga U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market edged higher this month, reflecting improved demand for new homes as the traditional spring home-selling season ramps up. But the outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months dimmed slightly as builders continue to grapple with... Continue Reading »

What Homebuyers Want the Most in Their New Houses

By Diana Olick Now that Americans are buying houses again, the nation's home builders are eager to find out what may have changed on consumers' wish lists and how the recession may have impacted overall attitudes toward lifestyle at home. From new construction to renovation and remodeling, consumers are clearly more... Continue Reading »

Housing Markets, 2013: Early Signs Show More Improvement Nationally

The national housing recovery seems as if it will continue this year, as many local real estate markets were shown to be improving at the start of 2013. The total number of housing markets that saw improvements in the month of January climbed to 242, including metro areas in 48 states, as well as the District of Columbia,... Continue Reading »

U.S. Homebuilder Confidence Surges to 6-Year High

By Alex Veiga LOS ANGELES -- Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday increased to 40 in September. That's... Continue Reading »

Homebuilder Sentiment Rises to 5-year High

By Leah Shnurr NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilder sentiment rose in August to its highest level in more than five years, a fresh sign that the battered housing market is turning the corner, data from the National Association of Home Builders showed on Wednesday. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market index gained... Continue Reading »

Survey Says: Fewer Affordable Homes

By Les Christie NEW YORK -- It just got a little harder for most Americans to buy a home, according to an industry survey. Nearly 74 percent of the new and existing homes sold in the three months ended June 30 were affordable to families who earn the national median income of $65,000, according to the National... Continue Reading »

U.S. New Home Sales Fall to 5-Month Low

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Americans bought fewer new homes in June after sales jumped to a two-year high in May. The steep decline suggests a weaker job market and slower growth could make the housing recovery uneven. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes fell 8.4 percent last... 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 »

New Homes Sell at Fastest Pace in 2 Years

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON -- Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years. The increase suggests a modest recovery in the housing market is continuing, despite weaker job growth. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales of new homes increased 7.6 percent in May from April to a... Continue Reading »

U.S. Builder Confidence Reaches 5-Year High

By Martin Crutsinger Confidence among U.S. builders ticked up this month to a five-year high, an indication that the housing market is slowly improving. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose in June to 29, the highest reading since May 2007. It increased from a reading of 28... Continue Reading »

Homebuilder Optimism Grows as Spring Nears

WASHINGTON -- U.S. homebuilders are gradually growing more optimistic about the depressed housing market and believe homes sales could pick up sharply when the spring buying season begins. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo said Wednesday that its builder sentiment index rose for a fifth straight... Continue Reading »

Homebuilder Confidence Rises to Highest Level Since Spring 2010

WASHINGTON -- Rising interest from would-be buyers is leaving U.S. homebuilders less pessimistic about the housing market. But tighter lending standards are still keeping many potential buyers from purchasing new homes. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose two points to 21 in... Continue Reading »

Builders Most Optimistic Since 2009, For What That's Worth

WASHINGTON -- U.S. homebuilders are feeling a little less pessimistic about the struggling housing market. But their mood hasn't changed enough to signal a recovery anytime soon. The National Association of Home Builders says its builder sentiment index rose to 20 in November. That's the highest level since May 2010... 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 »

Builders' Confidence Slips Again, Despite Low Mortgage Rates

Homebuilder optimism remains limited, despite historically low mortgage interest rates as demand just isn't there, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders index. The NAHB and Wells Fargo (WFC: 24.25 -2.81%) survey builders to gauge perceptions of the new, single-family home market for the next six... Continue Reading »

Home Builder Confidence Rises, Tempered by Doubts

WASHINGTON -- The outlook among U.S. homebuilders became a bit rosier in June, but the future prospects for home construction are anything but promising. An index of builders' outlook for their industry in June rose two points to 15, the National Association of Home Builders said on Monday. Any reading below 50 indicates... Continue Reading »

Is Your Home Earthquake Proof?

In the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, prospective home buyers may be asking themselves what about a house makes it more able to weather a natural disaster. There isn't a huge difference in the way residential homes are built in Japan compared to in the U.S., although the Japanese are more... 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 »

Will Rising Price of Oil Help Sell Green Homes?

What does the revolt in Libya have to do with green home design? Well, now that the price of oil has spiked to over $100 a barrel, energy-efficient green homes are looking better and better. One reason is that the price of heating oil, the main source of heat for more than 8 million U.S. homes, moves in tandem with... Continue Reading »

New Homes Construction Rises 3.9%

Well, it's something, if not much: Builders began construction on new homes at higher rate in November. So-called housing starts increased 3.9 percent last month, according to the National Association of Home Builders, the first time the index has shown an uptick since August. Builders such as Toll Brothers are... Continue Reading »

New Homes: Comeback for McMansions?

Just when you thought you'd never see an ugly McMansion again -- thanks to the recession and subsequent downsizing by frugal new-home buyers -- some brave souls are predicting that these oversize homes might soon make a comeback. A recent story in the Orlando Sentinel suggests that McMansions are reappearing in parts of... 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 »

Preparing for a Tighter Rental Market

When Nora Hill was six months pregnant, she and her husband Dietrich moved out of their $650-per-month apartment and in with his parents in Atlanta. That was about a year ago. Hill, a nutritional assistant in Cobb County, Ga., and her 31-year-old husband, a supervisor at UPS, didn't receive pay raises the last two years... Continue Reading »

Homeowners Alone Can't Turn Blue Collars Green

A funny thing happened on the way to the green economy: A recession wiped out countless old-line jobs, along with funding for the so-called green-collar jobs that were supposed to replace many of them. Last year, President Obama made green jobs a centerpiece of his job creation and stimulus programs. But despite the... Continue Reading »

Is Your City Still Over-priced?

You might think that with the real estate crash, an average person would be able to afford an average home. But not in New York City - and that might mean trouble for the Big Apple.In the New York metro area, an average family making $64,800 a year could afford just 19 percent of homes that sold in the third quarter,... Continue Reading »

Pre-Fab is Green Fabulous

Last week Epoch Homes won first place in the 2010 Excellence in Home Design for Green Modular Home. The competition, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), presented the award in Marco Island, Florida. The award-winning home met LEED and NAHB Green Building Guidelines. The home was Platnum LEED... Continue Reading »

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