By Elizabeth Rhodes
Summing up the 2008 housing market, Glenn Crellin, was succinct:
"Challenging at best," said the director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University. "We clearly have a situation where consumers have exited the market, rightly or wrongly, on the presumption that housing prices are going to fall precipitously and they'll be able to get tremendous bargains if they wait."
Truth be told, that's too simple a question. Too many things that affect housing are in play for there to be a simple answer. Foremost among them are the deepening recession, the condition of the mortgage market, and the new administration's plans to stimulate the economy.
Here's a look at what 2008 brought and 2009 may bring.
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