"It's a difficult situation, there is an enormous overhang on the real estate market," Greenspan was quoted as saying [on Friday]. "Many buildings which just have been finished can't be sold ..."
"So far, prices have dropped only slightly. But it was enough to cause alarm around the world," he said. "Prices are going to fall much lower yet."
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"There is no doubt about the fact that low interest rates for long-term government bonds have caused the real estate bubble in the United States," he said.
"The Federal Reserve began a series of interest rate increases in 2004. We were hoping to bring the speculative excesses in the real estate sector under control. We failed. We tried it again in 2005. Failure," he said.
"Nobody could do anything about it, neither us nor the European Central Bank. We were powerless," he said.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Posted by Harriet at 10:35 PM