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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lennar: Housing Market Conditions "continued to deteriorate" in Q1

by Calculated Risk on 3/27/2008 09:39:00 AM

From homebuilder Lennar's press release:

Stuart Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lennar Corporation, said, "Market conditions have remained challenged and continued to deteriorate throughout our first quarter of 2008. The housing industry continues to be impacted by an unfavorable supply and demand relationship, which restricts the volume of new home sales and, concurrently, depresses home prices in most markets across the country."

"Home inventories have been expanding due to the high number of foreclosures, negotiated 'short sales,' and stretched homeowners looking to sell homes they can no longer afford. While sales are occurring and clearing prices are being reached, the pace of overall housing inventory growth is exceeding absorption at the current time."

"Concurrently, lower consumer confidence has quieted demand among prospective homebuyers and deterred them from a buying decision, while contraction in the lending markets has reduced the availability of credit for those prospective homebuyers that do wish to buy a home."
emphasis added