Friday, November 2, 2012

Shiller: Housing Recovery Could Take 50 Years

Robert Shiller - World Economic Forum Annual M...

From housing starts to home prices, renowned economist Robert Shiller acknowledged "there are a lot of positive signs" for the U.S. housing market right now, but told CNBC Wednesday it's still unclear if a recovery is actually in place.

After all, Shiller noted the housing futures market for single-family homes was only "mildly optimistic" before superstorm Sandy struck the U.S.'s East Coast with expectations for just 3 percent growth per year over the next four years.

"If it goes up 3 percent a year that means that, in real terms, housing is just about flat," Shiller said. "It's not a recovery to write home about."

Shiller is probably best known for helping create the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index, a widely-followed measure of housing prices, which recently revealed that U.S. home prices rose 2 percent in August compared to one year ago. Meanwhile, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index - a survey of homebuilders - recently climbed sharply higher. Read more >>

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