A prolonged government shutdown could create delays for homebuilders and first-time buyers if the Federal Housing Administration remains closed for longer than a few weeks, an analyst with Sterne Agee claimed Tuesday.
[Ryland] took pretax charges of $60.4 million for inventory valuation adjustments. New orders dropped 31.6%. The company said its inventory of unsold homes stood at 719 units at the end of September, down 12.6% from the end of 2007...
(At Pulte) Net new home orders for the quarter totaled 3,008 homes, a 34% decline from the same period a year ago.
We have to ask -- in light of today's news that both KB Home and Ryland are planning to roll out nationwide price protection guarantees -- can anyone else without a guarantee sue to get one? We at HW could see plenty of pissed-off borrowers who bought and weren't offered price protection.
“Nearly every part of the real estate process has been transformed by technology except for home financing. Getting a mortgage is still manual, frustrating and confusing,” said Nick Stamos, CEO and founder of Sindeo..
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