1. Blog post headline from today's Atlantic.com: "Why I Think the Housing Bubble Has Not Yet Bottomed." The Atlantic's Megan McArdle points out that a house in her neighborhood has been reduced from $499,000 to $495,000, and is now being happily touted as a great deal by the listing agent. Meanwhile, the old sellers bought in 2005 at the "height of the market," according to McArdle for $460,000. She writes: "People's expectations still have pretty substantial price increases baked in. Until people let go of the assumption that offering a mere 2.5 percent annual profit from the market's peak is a real bargain, prices will not have bottomed." First and only comment on her post: "Denial is not just a river in Egypt ..." 2. Blog post headline from today's Businessweek.com: "Home Prices Have Hit Bottom." BusinessWeek columnist Chris Palmeri points out three examples that prices have stabilized. One of them references a friend...
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