The short-term direction of the housing market seems as murky today as it has at any point in recent years. Following the expiration of the federal homebuyer tax credit program in June, housing demand has been lackluster, even by today's standards. Additionally, mounting foreclosures and short sales threaten to erode home values further. The quarterly flow of individuals with new foreclosures has improved from peak levels recorded in 2009 but continues to be elevated. In contrast to the slight decline seen in new foreclosures in the third quarter, the New York Fed also reports that the share of mortgages that transitioned into delinquency increased for the first time since 2009. The housing markets in the US and in Indiana will likely see growth in 2011, but with the broader economy, this growth will be modest. The housing market is now simply waiting on a robust economic recovery to spur consumers into taking advantage of very favorable affordability conditions.
Housing Market Outlook for 2011 Matt R. Kinghorn: Economic Research Analyst, Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington T he short-term direction of
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