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U.S. homebuilder confidence
sinks in February

Associated Press, by Alex Veiga

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/18/2014 10:16:19 PM

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market has declined sharply as the severe weather battering much of the nation keeps many would-be buyers at home. Storms and cold weather dampened builders’ outlook for sales ahead of the spring home-selling season and could further slow the pace of home construction. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index slid to 46. That’s down from January’s reading of 56 and is the lowest level since May. Readings below 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions as poor rather than good. Builders’ view of current sales conditions for

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Ongoing horrible economic conditions, for perfectly obvious reasons? Why, it must be "because of severe weather." And they wonder why potential consumers of news look elsewhere.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bubber, 2/19/2014 12:06:58 AM     (No. 9737945)

Big guys around here...some...little guys not so much...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/19/2014 12:12:56 AM     (No. 9737952)

Even the Texas custom home builders my husband knows say business ok but they are doing things differently. Staying out of debt and watching how many folks they hire. Even in TEXAS!!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/19/2014 1:01:37 AM     (No. 9737970)

Yeah, it´s the weather´s fault!

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