Study: Housing Collapse Steeper Than During Great Depression

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The author of a study claiming the U.S. housing collapse is now worse than during the Great Depression warned Wednesday that the market likely will continue to fall for the rest of the year before going stagnant. 

Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist for Capital Economics, predicted home prices would fall another 3 percent over the rest of 2011 before potentially hitting bottom. 

"Even when that happens, I don't think we're going to see any significant or sustained rises," he told Wednesday, predicting "a couple years of pretty much no recovery whatsoever." 

The bleak prediction comes after he released a report estimating that since the collapse began from the pricing peak of 2006, prices have fallen 33 percent -- more than the 31 percent dive recorded between the 1920s and 1930s....

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