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In this March 15, 2012 photo, a skid-steer-loader is used to flatten the land for a new single-family detached home being built by Lennar at the "Aria at West Creek" development in Santa Clarita, Calif. Homebuilders' feelings about the current housing market haven't changed from February. But many are growing more optimistic that sales could pick up in the coming months. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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