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Jonathan Andrew Wolter

Recent home sales, by the numbers… an imminent housing slump?

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While reading IBD I found the following visualization of the housing market. Yet another sign of the housing market slowing.

Recent home sales, by the numbers

The IBD article said:

Many economists stop short of predicting a wholesale housing bust. The Fed’s policymakers said they believed the “gradual cooling of the housing market” would help slow the economy and allow inflation pressures to moderate.

The Fed’s cease-fire on rate hikes came after various reports showed the housing boom is definitely over. Sales of new homes and existing homes have been falling. Though median prices are still rising, gains have been the smallest in years.

A record level of unsold homes is expected to exert even greater pressure on prices in coming months.

The concern is that the sizable inventory glut could worsen as millions of Americans with adjustable rate mortgages, taken out when interest rates were at four-decade lows, suddenly find they can’t meet new higher monthly payments.

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September 12th, 2006 at 2:52 am

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