Whether or not housing can match its record-breaking performance of recent years, the 2006 outlook for housing starts and other issues will be discussed at the National Association of Home builders’ Semi-Annual Construction Forecast Conference Wednesday.

The conference, a series of panel discussions on the economic outlook for housing in 2005 and beyond, will be held at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., this Wednesday, the organization announced.

Panel discussions will focus on topics including the NAHB Economic and Housing Forecast, The National Outlook: What Inning Have We Reached?, Regional Patterns: Converging or Diverging?, House Prices: Out of Control?, Building Materials: Relief in Sight? and The Remodeling Market: Competing with New Homes?

Speakers include David Seiders of the NAHB, David Wyss of Standard and Poor’s, Maury Harris of premier investment banking and securities firm UBS, Mark Zandi of Economy.com, Bernard Markstein of the NAHB, David Berson of Fannie Mae, Michelle Halickman of Global Insight, Henry Spelter of the USDA Forest Service and Kermit Baker of Harvard University.

More details and the days’ agenda can be viewed at http://www.nahb.org/cfc.

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