By Steven C. Johnson NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. homebuilder confidence neared an eight-year high in August as limited supply of new and existing homes and strong buyer demand outweighed higher mortgage rates, data from the National Association of Home Builders on Thursday showed. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market index rose to 59 this month, its fourth consecutive monthly gain and best showing since November 2005. July's reading, initially reported at 57, was revised to 56. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the index to sag to 56 in August. …
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