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Existing Home Sales Expected To Hold, Then Rise Later In 2008

The following article was published today January 8, 2008 by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Over the next few months, existing-home sales are expected to hold fairly steady as indicated by pending sales activity, then rise later in the year and continue to improve in 2009, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors®.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there is a pull and tug exerting itself on the market.  “On the one hand, we have a pent-up demand from the four million jobs added to our economy over the past two years of sales decline,” he said.  “On the other, consumers continue to wait for additional signs of market stabilization.  There are more people with financial capacity now than in 2005, but many are trying to market-time their purchase.  As a result, the exact timing and the strength of a home sales recovery is a bit uncertain.  A meaningful recovery in existing-home sales could occur as early as this spring, or it may be further delayed toward late 2008.”

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