Romney Proposed to Leave Nevada's Housing Market Alone
Romney's strategy of saying little on Nevada's housing market could stem from a comment he made last year.
Romney turned off some Nevada residents when a housing-related comment he made to the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial board went public.
"As to what to do for the housing industry specifically and are there things that you can do to encourage housing: One is, don't try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom," said Romney.
The comment led a liberal group to start a "Foreclose Romney"
President Obama, speaking in Falls Church, VA Feb. 1, argued to continue government intervention in the housing market, and took a shot at Romney.
"It is wrong for anyone to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit rock bottom. I refuse to accept that and so do the American people," said the president.
Even though President Obama's current policies have done little to help the Nevada housing market, local politicians claim the state will need government backing to rebound.
"The state of Nevada continues to face the highest foreclosure
rate in the nation. President Barack Obama understands this and is taking steps to stabilize the housing market. ," state Sen. Steven Horsford, who is running to represent Nevada's worst foreclosure ZIP code in Congress next year, told the Las Vegas Sun
. "The last time Mitt Romney was in Nevada, he had the audacity to say that we should let the foreclosure process "hit the bottom' and that we should do nothing to help struggling families about to lose their homes. Struggling middle-class families need real economic relief, and Mitt Romney hasn't proposed a single new idea to give it to them."
Housing Market: Prices Still Slipping
U.S. home prices have fallen steadily since September.
November 2011 home prices for both the 10-city and 20-city measures of the Home Price Index fell 1.3% from October. Prices fell 3.6% and 3.7% from November 2010, respectively.
While prices are nearing a bottom, they aren't ready to rebound. It's likely more small declines will persist in 2012 before an upward trend takes hold.
"When people phrase is that way, they say 'we've reached the bottom.' That suggests that we have the expectation of a major turning point right now. But I don't see that," Robert Shiller, Yale professor and one of the economists who created the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, said in an interview with Business Insider
editor Henry Blodgett. "I don't see any reason to think that prices are going to start heading up dramatically now."
Strong upward price movements aren't expected for at least another few years. The likeliest outcome is home prices shows sideways price movement for the rest of 2012.
Without a quick housing market recovery in sight, Romney will have to start answering tougher questions about how to handle the nation's foreclosures.