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Fitch: Expanding Economy a Plus for U.S. Homebuilders in 2014

12/12/2013 | 09:38am US/Eastern
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Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: 2014 Outlook: U.S. Housing and Homebuilders (A Continued Mild Recovery)
http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=726323

A slowly expanding economy should provide a boost for the U.S. homebuilding sector in 2014, according to Fitch Ratings in its outlook report.

'Home prices are likely to increase by 2.5%-3.5% next year with employment showing gains and consumer confidence likely to improve,' said Managing Director Robert Curran. New home pricing will benefit from restrained levels of new home inventory. 'With mortgage rates likely to increase, the spring selling season will likely set the tone for the year.'

The moderate cyclical improvement in overall construction activity should translate to stable ratings for most homebuilders during the year. Some companies may even be positioned for upgrades in the coming months.

Longer term, Fitch may consider revising the homebuilding industry outlook to positive if the housing market embarks on a more V-shaped recovery and starts and new home sales grow considerably. Conversely, Fitch could revise the homebuilding industry outlook to negative if the broader economy stalls and construction fundamentals do not improve.

Fitch's '2014 Outlook: U.S. Housing and Homebuilder' report is available at 'www.fitchratings.com' or by clicking on the above link.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'

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Robert P. Curran
Managing Director
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Fitch Ratings, Inc., One State Street Plaza, New York, NY 10004
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Robert Rulla
Director
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