In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, photo, Ford Smith works on a new home under construction in Chicago. Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in October to its highest level in six and

 

              In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, photo, Ford Smith works on a new home under construction in Chicago. Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in October to its highest level in six and
In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, photo, Ford Smith works on a new home under construction in Chicago. Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in October to its highest level in six and a half years, driven by strong demand for newly built homes and growing optimism that the housing recovery will strengthen next year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)