Sunday, October 11, 2009

NYT: A bounce? Indeed. A boom? Not yet.

Economist Robert J. Shiller has recently completed a very interesting study of current home buying habits. The title above is the link to his article about it in today's NYT. Among the more interesting quotes: "This year’s survey coincides nicely with the upturn in home prices, the sharpest change in direction we have ever seen," "The sudden turn could signal a new housing boom, but is more likely just a sign of a period of higher short-run price volatility," and most especially, "The suddenness of this shift surprised me. In my column in June, I wrote that home prices might well continue to decline for years." Nice to know that noted economists can admit they were wrong.

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