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New Home Sales Show Strength in September

Thursday, November 2, 2017

September's new home sales data delivered some positive news for a housing market that has recently shown signs of sluggishness. Sales contracts for newly-built, single-family homes grew 18.9% in September and are running 8.6% higher on a year-to-date basis.

Inventory levels of new homes have been rising, but currently register at only a five-months' supply. Moreover, the largest gains in new-home sales are homes listed in inventory but that have not begun construction – a clear signal that additional home building is needed.

Another indication of unmet demand is the rise in home prices, which recently posted an annual gain of 6.1%, according to the Case-Shiller Index. However, the higher prices have not negatively affected the national homeownership rate, which increased to 63.7% during the second quarter, making it the fifth consecutive quarter of noticeable gains. Recent gains for homeownership appear to mark a turning point for housing demand.

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Builder Confidence Edges Up

Friday, November 17, 2017

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in November on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), the highest score since March, and the second...

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Why Only 11% of Us Are Moving

Friday, November 17, 2017

Businesses that thrive when American households, in droves, pack up their belongings and move them to another residence are mystified. Why, since the economy has been growing, wealth and household equity have been restored, and the Internet has continued...

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Empire Purchases Ownership in Stove Builder International

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Empire Group, the parent company of Empire Comfort Systems in Belleville, Illinois, has purchased majority ownership of Stove Builder International (SBI), a Canadian manufacturer of wood-fired and pellet-fired heater and hearth products, along with...

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