Here’s some good economic news directly from the mouth of David Crowe, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders. Crowe made remarks about the economy last week in a room filled with more dozens of people representing leading manufacturers in the housing industry.
During Croweâ€™s presentation, he mentioned the following reasons to feel good about the housing market and the economy in general:
– The recession ended in Q3 of 2009
– Job losses are tapering off
– Q3 of 2009 showed positive employment
– Interests are remaining low
– Housing starts bottomed out in 2009
– Home prices are stabilizing
– Ratio of home price to household income is back to sustainable level
– 50% of foreclosures are in only six states (problem is largely localized)
– 70% of foreclosures are in only 11 states
– Supply of unsold homes is down to roughly seven months from a peak of roughly 12
Crowe acknowledged that banks must begin lending again for a recovery to gain traction, and that worsening employment numbers also would hurt a recovery. But overall, he said, the worst is behind us and the general economic trend is up.
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