The combination of rising interest rates and continued tightening by the Federal Reserve will help curb the growth of the housing market in 2000 from its record-breaking year in 1999, according to a panel of economists surveyed by the Bond Market Association.

The committee, which released its predictions in mid-December, was unanimous in making the decision on monetary policy, said committee co-chairman William Brown of J.P. Morgan & Co., adding that, "Nothing terrible is about to happen."

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