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Workers are seen as new construction takes place at the Umbria a Lennar Corp. project on September 19, 2011 in Miami, Florida.

US housing starts reach highest level in 13 years after ‘spectacular’ December surge

Home starts reached a 1.61 million annualized rate last month, beating the 1.38 million estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
Workers are seen as new construction takes place at the Umbria a Lennar Corp. project on September 19, 2011 in Miami, Florida.

Housing is the ‘hottest part’ of the US economy as homebuilder confidence hits 20-year high

The index jumped to 76 in December, its highest point since June 1999. Prospective buyers and current sales conditions pulled the metric higher.
Construction workers are pictured building a new home in Vienna, Virginia, outside of Washington, October 20, 2014.

Housing stocks have come roaring back after being left for dead

Housing stocks are on fire after a bruising 2018, even as some of the data weakens.

Homebuilders rally as drop in mortgage rates spurs demand

Homebuilders rallied Wednesday after Mortgage Bankers Association data showed mortgage rates fell unexpectedly last week.
Carpenter's work on a housing site at Mid-Atlantic Builders "The Villages of Savannah" development in Brandywine, Maryland May 31, 2013.

Experts are throwing cold water on a ‘housing collapse’

The housing sector — from homebuilders, to mortgage lenders, to economic data — has been under intense pressure, but some say concerns are overblown.
Workers pour concrete for a driveway of a new home at the Pulte Homes Fireside at Norterra-Skyline housing development on March 5, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Homebuilders are losing confidence — and it could be an ‘ominous’ sign for the US economy

The National Association of Homebuilders' sentiment index just posted its second-largest two-month decline since the measure's inception in 1985.
Diego Perez works on a Toll Brothers home this year in Florida.

One of the biggest US homebuilders just sounded the alarm on a slowdown — here are the housing stocks traders are betting can sink further

Homebuilder stocks are under pressure. Traders are building larger short positions in many of these names, according to an analysis by S3 Partners.