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  • hpgrifter hpgrifter May 16, 2010 1:41 AM Flag

    MTH will crash again

    Millions of vacant homes on the market, and they keep building. MTH, like most new homebuilders, is a dinosaur that will go extinct. Guess you can't blame them for trying. If they are lucky, then can sell inventory through this summer to suckers, after that the truth will finally be recognized about the so called "V shaped" recovery.

    "Brent Anderson, a marketing executive with another Southwest builder, Meritage Homes, said it bought 713 lots in stricken Arizona last year, and was on the verge of starting construction in a new Phoenix community called Lyon’s Gate.

    “We’re building them because we’re selling them,” Mr. Anderson said. “Our customers wouldn’t care if there were 50 homes in an established neighborhood of 1980 or 1990 vintage, all foreclosed, empty and for sale at $10,000 less. They want new. And what are we going to do, let someone else build it?”

    All of this goes contrary to the conventional wisdom, which suggests an improved market for builders is years away. Nationwide, new home sales at the beginning of this year plunged to a level below any recorded since 1963, when the figures were first officially tabulated."

    Simply put, the country already has too many houses, the legacy of wide-scale overbuilding during the boom. The Census Bureau says there are two million vacant homes for sale, about double the historical level. Fewer new households, moreover, are being formed as families double up for economic reasons, putting a further brake on demand.

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