WSJ: The U.S. Housing Bust Is Over

Barring another financial earthquake, I believe that that US housing bust is over – actually has been over for a several months now.  Prices are still low and yields are high and so it is a great time for investors who have available funds.  Capital appreciation is on the way…

The Wall Street Journal
CAPITAL | Updated July 11, 2012, 7:51 p.m. ET

The housing market has turned—at last.

The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing “experts” that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.

Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up. “We finally saw some rising home prices,” S&P’s David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines.

Nearly 10% more existing homes were sold in May than in the same month a year earlier, many purchased by investors who plan to rent them for now and sell them later, an important sign of an inflection point. In something of a surprise, the inventory of existing homes for sale has fallen close to the normal level of six months’ worth despite all the foreclosed homes that lenders own. The fraction of homes that are vacant is at its lowest level since 2006…

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