These reports are based on two different measures, new housing sales and existing housing sales, but tell me if there is a difference in the way the economic news is pitched.
First, from Investor’s Business Daily, with my emphasis added in bold.
Existing-Home Sales Jump As Tax Relief Helps Fuel Demand
By SCOTT STODDARD, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
Posted 12/22/2009 07:38 PM ET
Sales of existing homes jumped to their highest level in almost three years in November, an industry group said Tuesday, the latest sign that the economy is accelerating heading into the new year.
November new home sales sink 11 percent
By ALAN ZIBEL (AP) – 10 hours ago [Dec. 23 at about 3 p.m. ET]
WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes plunged unexpectedly last month to the lowest level since April, a sign the housing market recovery will be rocky and heavily dependent on the generosity of Uncle Sam.
Not goofy enough for you? How about an Associated Press story in the Daily Herald on existing-home sales figures. Note that the recovery will be rocky in Alan Zibel’s AP piece.
Local home sales soar, up for third straight month
Associated Press – 12/23/2009 12:15 AM
WASHINGTON – Extraordinary government efforts to stabilize the housing market are paying off. What happens when the help runs out is anyone’s guess.