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Saturday, November 2, 2013

US housing market coming back

Business magnate Warren Buffett says the US housing market has made progress but has not yet made a full recovery. "It's coming back," the billionaire chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway said at an event at the New York Public Library.

"Pricing is better in almost all markets by a reasonable percentage from a few years ago. Housing starts are up somewhat. They still are not where I would regard as an equilibrium point, where they match household formation."

A rebounding housing market has helped Berkshire's subsidiaries that make carpet, bricks, insulation and houses. Some of those businesses have expanded in recent years through acquisitions as the industry recovers from the worst slump in seven decades.

Buffett, 83, has been predicting a real estate revival for years and positioning his company to benefit from it. He said in early 2010 that the turnaround would probably begin "within a year or so". While that call proved wrong, he has since reiterated that the industry would rebound because of increasing population and limited supply.