Some Homebuyers Are Holding Back, but Market offers Bright Spots Too

Everywhere you look, July was not ideal for real estate—that’s one thing on which the economists and the statistics agree. Sales figures released recently for the first month in 19, not invigorated by government tax credits, offered a poor prognosis for the housing sector.

Nationally, sales of previously owned homes plunged 25.5% from July 2009—numbers the National Association of Realtors said had not been so low since 1999. Single-family home sales were at their lowest since May 1995, during the last housing bust.

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