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Housing, confidence gain as economy improves

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(USA Today) - Home prices in most U.S. cities are increasing more slowly than earlier in the year, and consumer confidence is rising, in dual signs that expectations of a stronger economy in 2014 are taking root. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index rose 6.1 points in December, to 78,1, recouping...
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US home construction hits highest pace in last 5 years

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates. The Commerce Department said Wednesday (Dec. 18, 2013) that developers began construction on houses and apartments in November at a...
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