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From Dirt To Drywall, The Stock Market Clearly Believes In A Housing Recovery

It’s no news that homebuilder stock prices have more than doubled over the last year, but did you know wallboard companies are up on average by 177% and land holding companies by 56%? Drilling down further, more than 140 companies …

Homebuilders Finally Reclaiming Market Share

After six long years, homebuilders are back in business – literally. New home sales are up 25% year-over-year and 36% from the 2011 bottom. As shown in the chart below, homebuilders are also finally reclaiming market share. During the downturn, …

A Generational Shift in the Making

Categories: Rental Housing

The housing market is carving out a bottom and renters are slowly starting to purchase homes again. As shown below, the percentage of apartment REIT renters moving out to purchase a home rose last quarter. That said, the move-out to …

Why $200K to $300K is the New Normal for Home Builders, Even in the West

Since new home prices peaked in 2007, new single-family sales of over $500K have been more than cut in half, dropping from 13% to just 6% of all new home transactions. During this time, sales of under $200K have risen …

Debt is Addictive, and Requires a Painful Rehab

The Addict: The charts below tell the story. The typical U.S. consumer has become addicted to debt, and the banker/dealer continues to supply more debt drugs in the form of credit cards as well as low interest rate loans for …

Strong Economy Will Help Housing Recover Sooner

Despite the tough times in housing, the economy continues to grow, and that will make the recovery in housing happen much sooner. The energy sector in particular is thriving, spurred by a falling dollar and skyrocketing commodity prices. Many other …