'Muscular' housing market may have Achilles' heel

Job growth, interest rates key to continued real estate boom

Wal-Mart may lend some clues to the downside of the U.S. housing market.

The booming housing sector, which weathered an otherwise sagging economy and saw explosive growth in home sales from 2002-03, is poised for continued growth, according to an annual study conducted by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.