Is it finally time to snap up a house? I have a few buddies who decided to hang onto their houses through thick or thin. They bought at the top and are now paying inflated prices for taxes, insurance, etc and are now barely holding on. Now I see many apartment dwellers finally coming out and throwing down cash to buy homes thinking and believing that the storm is now over, the bottom is in. In looking back at how equities have traded, such as those stocks of the $NDX in 2000, it was commonplace for folks to think and believe the bottom was in and the trend changed only to experience an even greater selloff. From just an investment point of view, would you buy a house right now? Is the bottom truly in? I'll add that looking at the XHB, it does appear as something has changed or is it just a technical bounce? I know that there is a good chance my buddy will probably sell and unload his house if prices turned around. I see many people getting "laid off" around me such as one good friend who worked at an insurance company for over 18 years. What says you?