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KB Home: number of home closings 2009-2013

This statistic shows the number of home closings carried out by homebuilding company KB Home from 2009 to 2011, including a forecast until 2013. The California-based home builder reported 5,812 closings in 2011.

The U.S. housing bubble and the financial meltdown

A claim often made by many financial experts is that the meltdown of the global financial system in 2008 was initiated by the bursting of the housing bubble in the United States. This viewpoint equates to more than just speculation and idle theorizing. In the time leading up to the collapse of the banking system, interest rates in the United States were at an extremely low level, making credit cheap and abundantly available. This, coupled with the fact that many investors were given the impression that an investment in real estate was just about the safest investment that one could make, led to the inflation of this bubble; the increase in the number of investors caused prices to soar, inflating the bubble further. When confidence fell, so did the house prices, and the massive bubble imploded, resulting in a nose-dive in confidence levels and making real estate seemingly worthless, slashing the transaction volume and leaving all the properties built as a result of the boom lying empty. The housing bust wiped out around 7 trillion US dollars in homeowner equity, just under half the amount of US GDP in 2012, and wrecked the finances of many Americans.

Today, the situation is not as desperate and the housing market in the United States is beginning to show signs of recovery; construction is even picking up pace. However, it will be some time until consumer confidence is fully restored to pre-recession levels.

KB Home: number of home closings in the United States from 2009 to 2013

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Release date

October 2012


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2011

Supplementary notes

* This figure was taken from a previous edition of the publication, published by Credit Suisse in July 2011 (page 56)
** These figures are estimates.

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