money.msn.com - Prices are up and inventories down – good news for the larger economy.
The housing industry finds itself on a much better footing this year: Prices are up, inventories are down, and signs abound that a recovery is firmly under way. This is good news for the economy as a whole at a time when other stalwarts of the recovery, such as exports and government spending, have started to tail off. Increased home sales put more people to work and feed an upward spiral of income, spending and employment in the real-estate and homebuilding industries. Makers and sellers of appliances, furniture and carpets, plus nurseries, landscapers and others also benefit.
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