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David Crowe

NAHB: Housing Market to Follow Upward Trajectory Through 2015

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A growing economy, pent-up demand, competitive mortgage rates and affordable home prices will keep housing on an upward trajectory through 2015. However, several obstacles including tight consumer credit, shortages of lots and labor and rising materials prices are hindering a more robust recovery, according to economists who participated in yesterday's National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2014 Spring Construction Forecast Webinar.Click to continue

Wacky Winter Weather Hits Home Remodeling in Q1

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Against the backdrop of unusually severe winter weather, the Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined to 53 in the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This reading is down from the historically high level of 57 in the two most recent quarters, but remains above the key break-even point of 50.Click to continue

Sales of Newly-Built Homes Drop Nearly 15 Percent Last Month

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Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units in March, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.Click to continue

NAHB: Housing Starts Up Nearly Three Percent in March

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Led by a six percent rise in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 2.8 percent above an upwardly revised February rate of 920,000 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.Click to continue

Builder Confidence Remains Flat for Third Consecutive Month

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Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April, from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). "Builder confidence has been in a holding pattern the past three months," said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.Click to continue

JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo Take Q1 Hits on Drops in Mortgage Production

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On Friday, two of the Big Four banks have unveiled their quarterly earnings reports. Overall, the first quarter seems to have had a noticeable ding on JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo’s mortgage production, with both companies posting significant losses in both areas.Click to continue

Metro Markets Show Strong Housing Gains in March

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Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 59 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). This represents a net gain of eleven metros year over year. The Index's nationwide score ticked up to 0.88 from a March reading of 0.87.Click to continue

February Winter Weather Drops Sales of Newly-Built Homes

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Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units in February, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau.Click to continue

Housing Starts Plateau in February

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Nationwide housing starts were virtually unchanged in February, inching down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000 units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau.Click to continue

Homebuilder Confidence Rises Slightly in March

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Builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). "The March HMI mirrors last month's sentiment, as builders continued to be affected by poor weather and difficulties in finding lots and labor," said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del.Click to continue