Job growth will be the key factor in whether the U.S. real estate market can extend a recovery after the end of the federal homebuyer tax credit, according to a Harvard University study. High unemployment is fueling the foreclosure crisis and discouraging the household formation that drives property demand, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing report issued today by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The weak labor market resulted in people “doubling up,” or sharing residences, rather than buying their own home, the report said. “What happens with jobs will matter the most to the strength of the housing rebound,” said Eric Belsky, executive director for the center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “If employment growth surprises on the upside or downside, housing numbers could too.”
By Kathleen M. Howley, Jun 14, 2010 Bloomberg

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