Three-quarters of a million Iraqis displaced by the war are in Jordan. They're spread throughout the local communities, where they've had to find places to live, enough to eat, and an education for their children. Alisa Roth reports.
It's not just wannabe homebuyers who are keeping an anxious eye on the real estate market. State pension funds lost billions when the subprime loan crisis hit and the market collapsed. But now they smell a bargain and they're getting back into the game. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
So, consumer confidence is down and home prices are still sliding. Maybe it's time for some counterintuitive behavior -- like thinking about getting into the housing market. Kai Ryssdal checks out that notion with Dan McGinn of Newsweek.
The slide in real estate was punctuated today by a report that home prices were down more than 11% in January from a year earlier -- the steepest drop in more than 20 years. Nancy Marshall Genzer has the story.
Consumer confidence hit a five-year low in March, another victim of tightening credit, rising prices and a crummy job market. We sent Jeremy Hobson to the National Mall in Washington to ask Americans how confident they are.
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