WASHINGTON - The real estate market's retreat continued early this year for the fourth consecutive quarter, according to an April survey released Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

In a flip from last year, it was housing rather than commercial properties that dimmed the overall market's prospects - which remained positive, but less so than in preceding surveys.

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