Halfway into 2014, the housing market is falling well short of the bullish predictions economists and other pundits made at the beginning of the year.

Reasons for the lackluster performance range from the long, severe winter to rising home prices (which put mortgage payments out of reach for some buyers) to tight credit. All of which is compounded by sluggish economic and income growth as well as changing demographics and attitudes toward homeownership.

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