Homebuilder Confidence Remains Unchanged
Home BUILDERS are also feeling the pinch.
The National Association of Homebuilders' latest index shows no signs of growth in builder confidence.
Market analyst Thomas Fitzgibbon says improvement will take time.
FITZGIBBON: We're going to have to work through the years of moving this unsold inventory into the marketplace and that's going to be driven by, do people have jobs and do people have confidence?
The study points to high foreclosure rates and low consumer certainty as roadblocks to improved optimism among builders.
The Mortgage Bankers Association places Illinois among the top five states for foreclosure rates.
Illinois' foreclosure rate is slightly above 6 percent.