While housing activity remains near historical lows, Freddie Mac is taking a more optimistic view: There’s still plenty of room to grow. This glass-half-full viewpoint was reflected in the GSE’s forecast for housing in 2013, especially for housing starts, which are projected to increase to 950,000 units this year–22 percent higher than 2012 levels. The GSE also expects prices to increase 3 percent in 2013 and 2014, while sales are forecast to rise to an annual rate of 5.45 million and 5.80 million, respectively.
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