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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While there has been confusion about whether homebuilders are increasing or decreasing production, TheStreet's Jim Cramer tells Debra Borchardt what he is focusing on.


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reported earnings on Tuesday morning, and Cramer will be looking for three major things in the conference call: cancellations, orders and traffic flow.

While production is about one-third of what it was in 2005-07, Cramer said if affordability and mortgage rates have played a role, it could result in another leg lower for the stock price.

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However, if the move higher in rates didn't play a large role, it could boost Lennar, which is down 9% this year, and boost other homebuilders, too.

While mortgage rates are still relatively low on a historical basis, the move higher from just a few months ago was enough to turn prospective home buyers away, Cramer said.

He concluded that while there have been a few hot markets, particularly in California and New York City, many home buyers now feel like they have missed the boat.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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