Real Estate Recovery Underway and Moving Forward

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Sam Zell: Recovery Is Underway 
Sam Zell, the billionaire investor who made his fortune in real estate, told Bloomberg News yesterday that he expects the U.S. housing market to start recovering at the end of 2010 and strengthen in the middle of 2011.

Zell, who according to the Forbes' tally is the 237th richest person in the world, said, "Conditions are getting better, but there's a lot of uncertainty. The real question is: Can confidence return enough so that what you call the green shoots can continue forward?"

Zell said he expects more turmoil in the commercial real estate business, pointing toward General Growth Properties Inc., the mall owner that is fighting a takeover, as an example.

Source: Bloomberg, Rita Nazareth (03/16/2010)
Fannie Mae: Recovery is Moving Forward 
The decline in home sales in February was a disappointment to the housing industry, but Fannie Mae's analysts say it is temporary and a sustainable turnaround is likely by the end of the year.

Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan points to evidence that a recovery is on its way, including an increase in consumer spending, an improving service sector, and the likelihood that employers will begin hiring soon.

"More favorable financial conditions overall keep us optimistic that we are moving forward with the recovery, albeit at a lower trajectory than previously forecast," Duncan said in a statement.

Source: Fannie Mae (03/17/2010)


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