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Can housing industry's comeback endure? The outlook dims

Can housing industry's comeback endure? The outlook dims

The U.S. housing market has sizzled this summer, lifting expectations that home sales will finally help drive an economic expansion now in its seventh year. Or will it? Signs are emerging that housing's momentum may be destined to falter in coming months. Analysts note that some of the key foundations needed to sustain a brisk pace of home-buying in the long run appear to be missing. The U.S. economy had only just begun to derive strength from housing for the first time since the Great Recession began in 2007. If home sales flag, that strength would fizzle. The main problem is also the simplest: There just aren't enough homes available. Robust demand has failed to draw...

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