The latest evidence that Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s most aggressive interest rate hikes in a generation and spiking mortgage rates might trigger a housing “reset” is the latest earnings report from KB Home, one of the nation’s largest publicly traded homebuilders.
As mortgage rates have risen this year, the buyer demand for homes has fallen. That has spelled trouble for the home construction business. Homebuilder confidence dropped for the tenth straight month in October. The decline in builder sentiment reflects what economist Ian Shepherdson describes as “housing … in free fall.