Economics



News
February 02, 2011

In this exclusive one-hour webinar, Ivy Zelman, the leading home building and building products research analyst on Wall Street, discusses recent dynamics in the home building, mortgage, home improvement, and non-residential construction sectors and offers her firm’s outlook and forecast for 2011. This free webinar will take place Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM CST.

Fannie Mae tests foreclosure-prevention plan in Florida

Fannie Mae tests foreclosure-prevention plan in Florida

News
January 17, 2011

Fannie Mae has started testing a foreclosure-prevention program in Florida that is designed to bring banks and troubled borrowers together earlier. The idea behind the program is to get banks and borrowers to negotiate mortgage modifications and other alternatives before foreclosure becomes the only option. The program gets borrowers meeting with the banks four months after falling behind on late payments.

NAHB: Housing starts to climb 21 percent in 2011

NAHB: Housing starts to climb 21 percent in 2011

News
January 17, 2011

NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe is forecasting 575,000 single-family home starts in 2011, a 21 percent bump over an estimated 475,000 units started in 2010, according to his annual state of the market report at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando last week. Crowe and other economists at the show agreed that the housing market will see steady improvements in activity this year, followed by considerable gains in 2012.

News
January 01, 2011

For the second straight year, real estate stocks ended the year with gains twice as high as the general stock market, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to Dow Jones, REITs were up 27 percent as of Dec. 28. And while that figure is down slightly from last year’s gains of 28.5 percent, it more than doubled the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

35 moneymaking ideas for 2011

As demand for new-home construction began to wane, Steve Laughlin of Cornerstone Builders tapped into his past clients by offeri

Features
December 31, 2010

Sure, the past five years have been chaotic and the prospects for 2011 don’t exactly look entirely sunny. But there are plenty of builders and developers that are planning for growth this year by doing anything but the status quo. We reached out to Professional Builder’s 112,000 readers, as well as dozens of the industry’s top consultants and experts, and asked them to share their best practical, proven ideas for growing revenue and increasing profits in 2011. We present the top 35.

News
December 30, 2010

Foreclosures were down sharply in November, both compared to the previous month and November 2009, according to RealtyTrac.

News
December 30, 2010

For the second straight year, real-estate stocks will end the year with gains twice as high as the general stock market, The Wall Street Journal reported.

News
December 30, 2010

By now, most don’t expect 2011 to be a recovery year. Housing prices are expected to fall at least 5%, and The Wall Street Journal listed four key issues to pay attention to as the new year rolls around.

News
December 16, 2010

A rollercoaster year in real estate is almost over, but a new poll shows most aren’t too optimistic for 2011, HousingPredictor.com reported.

News
December 16, 2010

Privately-owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 — 3.9 percent above the revised October estimate, according to the Commerce Dept. The single-family market fared even better, rising 6.9 percent last month.

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