The following video is from Thursday's Investor Beat, in which host Chris Hill, and analysts James Early and Charly Travers dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

The latest batch of data indicates that the housing boom is rolling along. New home sales increased by 2.3% in April, and the median price for a new home rose nearly 15% year over year. So how real is this recovery? In this installment of Investor Beat, Motley Fool analysts James Early and Charly Travers discuss whether investors are better off looking at homebuilders like Toll Brothers , or home-improvement stocks like Home Depot and Lowe's .

The best investing approach is to choose great companies and stick with them for the long term. The Motley Fool's free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich," names stocks that could help you build long-term wealth and retire well, along with some winning wealth-building strategies that every investor should be aware of. Click here now to keep reading.


The relevant video segment can be found between 0:14 and 2:07.

The article Housing Heats Up originally appeared on Fool.com.

Charly Travers has no position in any stocks mentioned. Chris Hill has no position in any stocks mentioned. James Early has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Home Depot and Lowe's. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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