African American Money: Housing Slump Expected to continue

9 Jul

WASHINGTON – Signs are emerging that the U.S. housing market’s long slump is likely to fester through the summer, and the real estate market may not recover for at least another year.

The latest report, the National Association of Realtors’ pending home sales index, slipped by 4.7 percent in May to the third-lowest reading on record. The decline “suggests we are not out of the woods by any means,” said the trade group’s chief economist Lawrence Yun.

The bad news came as the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tried to reassure investors that an accounting rule change wouldn’t force the government-chartered mortgage finance companies to raise tens of billions in capital to offset losses.

With more negative data about the housing market continuing to emerge as the economy weakens and job losses accelerate, economists are reluctant to say the worst is over.

“Even if housing market activity does manage to bottom out later this year, it is likely that any recovery would be exceedingly slow,” Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said in a speech in Washington.

While home sales are likely to fall to their lowest point late this year or early next year, any recovery is likely to be weak through at least 2010, said Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wachovia Corp.

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One Response to “African American Money: Housing Slump Expected to continue”

  1. IcectTem August 3, 2008 at 8:41 am #

    Very nice!!

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