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In pictures: Five ways the U.S. housing market is looking up Add to ...

Americans are regaining confidence in the housing market five years after it collapsed.

Builders are starting work on more homes. Sales of new and previously occupied homes are up from the same time last year. Home prices are rising in most markets.

The market still has a long way to regain full health. But the data suggest that a recovery is under way.

Here's a look at recent housing indicators.