The outlook, the analysts say, comes chiefly because prices for non-distressed homes have stabilized. They point out that the sales of foreclosed homes are no longer dragging down
prices for the rest of the housing industry. What's more, the job market has improved during the past 12 months with the creation of 1.8 million jobs, an average of 150,000 a month. And
since job creation has been considerably better this fall than last year, the bullish argument goes, this sets the stage for a strong spring selling season.