Industry News & Links of the Day – 04/26/11

USA Today -Economists temper forecast for recovery – Nearly eight in 10 economists say they’re less optimistic about the nation’s economic outlook this year than they were three months ago and most call high energy prices the biggest threat to the recovery.

Yahoo Finance – New home sales up, inventory at 43-1/2 year low – New U.S. single-family home sales increased more than expected in March and the supply of new houses on the market hit their lowest level since August 1967, but prices fell from a year ago.

CNN Money – Best shrinking places to live – The 2010 Census revealed that lots of U.S. towns are losing population. What makes some different is that they’re not rusting old industrial cities, but fine places to live and raise families.

Mortgage News Daily – New Home Sales Follow Building Permits Higher in March – New Residential Sales data provides statistics on the sales of new privately-owned single-family residential structures in the United States.

Portland Press Herald – New-home sales rise in March – Purchases of new houses rose in March from a record low as the weakest industry in the economy strained to recover.