US home builders in recent months began walking away from their revolving credit facilities, choosing to rely instead on cash and other equivalents held on their balance sheets for short-term liquidity, according to a study by Fitch Ratings.
Builders snubbing short-term credit and voluntarily exiting their revolving credit lines indicates a general move toward conservative borrowing practices as the US banking and financial system continues to reel with loan-related losses.
People are listening to real estate economists today in a way that anyone who covered the industry a decade or more ago would not recognize. Smoke is one of the members of this new wave of real estate economists. In fact, Smoke is actually the newest one on the block. The upstart economists at places like Trulia and Zillow are still new, Smoke is just the latest player to join the game..