Report Forecasts Housing Price Fall

Could a severe housing market slowdown projected for more than 100 US metropolitan areas lead to a country-wide recession?
October 9, 2006, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Housing prices, slumping after a five-year boom, are projected to decline in more than 100 of the nation's metropolitan areas, with the Northeast, Florida and California among the areas hardest hit. The forecast by Moody's Economy.com, a private research firm, presents one of the starkest views yet of the housing slowdown that has been gathering force in recent months...The report projected that 133 of the nation's 379 metropolitan areas would suffer price declines. Those metropolitan areas with declining prices account for nearly one-half of the value of the nation's stock of single-family homes... Some analysts are worried that the slowdown could become so severe that it could drag the entire country into a recession, much as the bursting of the stock market bubble in 2000 led to the 2001 slump."

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Published on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 in Yahoo News
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