There are two distinctly different views emerging of the residential real estate market locally and nationwide.
Wichita brokers say their optimism is growing for a good 2010, a slight bounce-back from the downturn of 2009.
And while a national analyst agrees that this year should be a solid sales year, regionally and nationwide, he's forecasting that sales will fall off in the second half of the year with the lapsing of federal homebuyer tax credits.
"We have so much going for us in Wichita," said Willie Kihle, the president of Wichita's Prudential Dinning-Beard Realtors.
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"All things considered, our market has always been healthy. We don't see big price swings. We buy houses to live in. I'm very optimistic we're going to have a nice year."
But Steve Murray, editor of the Denver-based Real Trends website, thinks second-half sales in 2010 will be down year-over-year as the market pulls back after the tax credits. He said the year's sales "should be about average."
"We are bullish about a solid if not spectacular year for housing sales," Murray said.
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