A "for sale" sign is seen outside a home in New York

 
A "for sale" sign is seen outside a home in New York
A "for sale" sign is seen outside a home in New York June 19, 2012. U.S. housing starts fell in May from a 3-1/2 year high, although permits to build new homes rose sharply, suggesting a nascent housing recovery remains on track. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS REAL ESTATE)