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U.S. housing market floats back to earth


Real estate signs advertise new homes for sale in multiple new developments in York County, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. housing market appears to be straining under the weight of its own pandemic-driven success. Recent data shows the sector is returning from the stratosphere and coming back to pre-COVID levels, as evidenced by a slew of data released this week.

While for much of the pandemic a rush to suburbia made the home and real estate stars of the recovery, the resulting plunge in inventory and dearth of building supplies have launched home prices beyond the grasp of many potential buyers, particularly at the lower end of the market.

“The housing market isn’t caving just yet,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York. “Have we reached a peak? That’s a possibility, but worst case scenario, I see a leveling off.”

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