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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Coldwell Banker CEO: "Move-up buyers absent"

by Calculated Risk on 6/18/2009 09:30:00 PM

From Reuters: Housing Sales Lackluster This Spring: Coldwell (ht Annie)

Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, in an interview with Reuters, said sales were only modest during the spring, with demand overwhelmingly dominated by first-time home buyers and investors.

"The more important 'move-up' buyers were absent and that is not encouraging," said Gillespie ..."They are key to a U.S. housing market recovery,"
With lenders as sellers in a large percentage of sales, it is no surprise there are few move-up buyers. This will impact the mid-to-high end for some time.

The article also mentions a proposal for a new $15,000 tax credit.