We shouldn't count on the housing market to carry America back into economic uplands. Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent a white paper to Congress outlining possible reforms to current housing policies. The paper proposes converting bank-owned properties into rental units and reducing borrowing costs for owners who are at risk of default. Some experimentation along these lines makes sense, but attempts to rejigger the market only go so far — and the barriers to success are high.
Glaeser, Edward L. "Fed’s Housing Ideas Won’t Fix Market." Boston Globe, January 13, 2012.