Buffett sees more losses for banks By Alistair Barr, MarketWatch Last update: 4:05 p.m. EDT May 4, 2008 OMAHA, Neb. (MarketWatch) --Banks will suffer more losses over the next few years from the real-estate crisis, despite the Federal Reserve's successful efforts to prevent contagion in the financial system, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett said on Sunday. "The action of the Fed in terms of Bear Stearns ( prevented contagion where there may have been more bank runs on the investment banks," he said during a press conference. "That doesn't mean the losses are over by a long shot. There's going to be more pain." "We've looked at several of the investment banks where it's clear more losses are to be taken," he added. The size of future losses depends on the outlook for the economy and the housing market, he explained. Listings of homes for sale in some areas of the country, such as Broward County, Fla., are up a lot from last year, Buffett noted. "That will work its way out," he said, but stressed that it's difficult to know how long that will take. Berkshire owns a big stake in Wells Fargo , one of the largest mortgage lenders in the U.S., and holds shares in other banks such as US Bancorp . Wells Fargo is going to have above average losses as will other banks on things that relate to real estate over the next few years," Buffett said. Berkshire is not selling its Wells Fargo shares though, he noted. Alistair Barr is a reporter for MarketWatch in San Francisco.