Housing still unaffordable

Price declines do not cure sticker shock

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Home prices have tumbled from their heights, but their fall still hasn’t made much of a dent in the nation’s housing affordability woes. In fact, "even with widespread price declines, affordability for would-be homeowners has not improved significantly."

That’s one conclusion of "The State of the Nation’s Housing 2008," a report published earlier this year by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.