Consumer spending, including the purchase of homes, has been buoyed by
As their brokerage accounts bulged (and mortgage rates dropped), more
The National Association of Realtors estimates that home resales will
All this occurs against the backdrop of concerns that aging baby boomers
But would a stock market correction, which many believe is under way,
Sung Won Sohn, chief economist, Norwest Corp.
Money will flow to the bond market, rates will go down, and that will be
I am more concerned with the negatives. Our calculations show that about
Household net worth has grown from $4 trillion in 1990 to $13 trillion
I do expect some slowdown, but slowdown from a very high plateau.
Diane C. Swonk, deputy chief economist, First Chicago NBD
It's an asymmetric equation: We didn't see the housing market benefit
Now that there's been a minor correction, it's not as if all of a sudden
Has it substantially changed their view of their long-term wealth?
We all concentrate on the wealth effect. (But) in any spending decision,
The fact that real wages have been rising for the first time in three
First-time buyers have continued to account for a substantially large
David A. Wyss, research director, Standard & Poor's, DRI
The blunt fact is that people feel they can afford all these houses
It (housing) could slow down a bit as a result of this.
That probably means a decline in starts; sales will remain good.
Starts depend on demand further down the road, and you just can't keep