REAL ESTATE: Past the Peak?

The sun shone warm in Miami last week as real-estate men convened for the 45th annual convention of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. Nevertheless, there was a slight chill in the air; the real-estate men felt that the big building boom had passed its peak, though they still looked for plenty of business. Construction statistics had not started to decline; housing starts this year were still running ahead of 1951. But from the tales the realtors swapped, the sales of new houses across the country were softer than at any time since the war. Good houses still sold...

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