Source: National Association of Realtors, November 19, 2012:

 October, sales of existing homes, increased 2.1% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.8 million.  Up 10.9% from a year earlier, representing the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year home-sales gains.  New housing starts are also 87.0% above the annual rate of 478,000 in April 2009, the recession low.

 

What does all of this mean for investors? When there’s a gold rush, buy shovels.

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