Nigel Gault

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Builder Confidence at Five-Year High

Home builders were ebullient about sales prospects in July. More

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New-Home Sales Are Up, But a Trend Is Still Hazy

The good news is muted by the fact that the numbers, which are just coming off the bottom, are still very low. More

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Single-Family Starts Plunge 17.2% in May

Experts suggest drop is “payback” for the now-expired housing tax credit. More

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Construction Sector Adds 15,000 Jobs in March

Numbers represent the first increase in overall construction employment since June 2007. More

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Housing Starts Slide 5.9% in February

Experts say winter storms in South, Northeast affected construction activity. More

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Economic Insight: Prepare for Sharp Increase in Home Starts

Builders will soon need to replace inventory, even if demand for homes remains relatively stable. More

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Economic Insight: Keep Homes Small, Affordable

Economists note the economic “damage” to consumers in terms of income, employment, and confidence from this recession. More

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Economists Predict Recovery Next Year

Our mid-year forecast roundup reveals big expectations for 2010. More

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110,000 Construction Jobs Disappear in April

But economy loses fewer jobs--539,000—than many had expected. More

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Construction Industry Sheds 126,000 Jobs in March

Nearly half of those lost positions come from residential builders and their specialty trade contractors. More

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