Tag Archives: Confidence

To lock or not lock? That is the mortgage question

The rise in rates put the brakes on the housing recovery, sending both mortgage applications and home sales lower during the summer months. While home builders continued to tout demand and affordability, they could not help but notice fewer buyers … Continue reading

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Home builder confidence stalls in September

There is certainly plenty of pent-up demand, especially among younger, first-time home buyers, but many of them are still struggling in today’s job market, either unable to find steady work or not earning enough to afford today’s higher down payment … Continue reading

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After Eight Months, Home Builder Confidence Stalls

Current sales conditions remained unchanged, sales expectations over the next six months fell one point, and buyer traffic gained one point. Regionally, home builders were less confident in the Northeast and Midwest, but gained confidence in the South and particularly … Continue reading

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Home Builders Still Feel Better, Despite ‘Cliff’ Concerns

December’s gains in sentiment are not as dramatic as the jump in November, as some builders are likely concerned about the possibility of going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Some builders have already reported laying off workers and delaying projects, … Continue reading

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New Home Sales Disappoint

After a slew of positive readings on the nation’s housing recovery, sales of newly built homes in October were a big disappointment. Despite the big public builders reporting big jumps in new orders and builder confidence positively leaping to the … Continue reading

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