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Monday, June 25, 2007

NAR Blames Builders for Housing Woes

by Calculated Risk on 6/25/2007 07:46:00 PM

From the WSJ: Existing Home Sales, Prices Decline

"If builders can be disciplined and cut back on production, then overall inventory would begin to diminish,"
Lawrence Yun, senior economist for the Realtors association.
New home inventory is actually a small portion of the overall inventory. See this post from Saturday: Housing: Total Inventory

Housing InventoryClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the year end inventory levels, since 1982, for new and existing homes. (2007 numbers are for April, I'll update when the New Home numbers are released tomorrow).

Yes, the builders need to cut back on production, but even if the builders stopped building, it would take some time to work through the significant excess supply currently on the housing market.

Alternatively a significant price decline might spur demand; I wonder why the NAR economist doesn't suggest that solution?