Spring’s Eternal Optimism – except in Housing


My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the annual premature housing recovery.

The print version had the full headline The eternal optimism of spring — except in housing; the online version had the longer Spring brings signs of hope and renewal — except in the housing market).

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

“Ahhh, winter is finally over. Each year about this time, flowers push up through the soil, trees begin to bud — and the stories about a real estate recovery appear.

Am I skeptic? But of course. To understand why, let’s consider a few questions . . .

Which of course, we do, looking at shadow inventory, affordability, and valuation.

I like the way the Post put heavy emphasis on the Ned Davis Charts in the print edition:
click for ginormous version of print edition


Spring brings signs of hope and renewal — except in the housing market
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, April 8 2012

Washington Post Sunday, April 8 2012 page G6 (PDF)

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