High unemployment levels will slow the pending housing recovery, economists speaking at the National Association of Home Builders' annual convention in Las Vegas agreed.

But they didn't agree on just how much of a drag the poor job market would be. NAHB chief economist David Crowe, Frank Nothaft of Freddie Mac and David Berson of PMI tended to believe that while gains "won't be very big," buyers are poised to return to the field.

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