In my 2013 economic prediction, made the following observation about housing:
Housing will continue to rebound. Inventory of both new and existing
homes are both at far more realistic levels and the Fed is driving down
interest rates with its MBS program. Housing affordability is at levels
not seen in a very long time and builder confidence is rising. Put all
of these factors together and it appears that housing should remain on
the comeback trail for most of next year.
CR published the following graph of total housing inventory earlier today:
Notice that it's taken between 5-6 years for the economy to get here. That's a tremendously long adjustment process during which the economy has suffered a tremendous amount of pain.