Just last week, after KB Home
Who said that? You work your way past the spiked punch bowl and the potato chip-speckled dip. The Twister mat is still slippery from the baby oil. There, slumped on the floor, you see Dominion Homes
"I don't feel too well," he says.
Believe it. The unhappy home maker reports that its home sales were off by 35% over the past two months. It's going to miss its targets, obviously. And it's not just a downtick in new unit sales, but cancellations of earlier orders, too.
What's troubling here is that just a month ago the company was bragging about its backlog of orders and projecting a second half of the year even better than the first. Why was the company so cheery when it already knew that April sales were in the dumps? Good question.
Still, before you shake your head and hail a cab for the housing sector, take a moment to relish the disparity. Just because Dominion Homes was the latest to report doesn't mean that it's the definitive word on the sector. After all, KB's stellar results were put up during the same April and May months.
It looks like the sector is starting to realize what the Big Bad Wolf has known all along -- not all homes are built the same. The strong are getting stronger. The weak are passing out on the couch. Consolidation will continue. Last night, Lennar
As leading builders like D.R. Horton
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz thinks every house should be a home. He does not own shares in any companies mentioned in this story.