Housing sales and prices are increasing despite the expiration of a popular home buyer tax credit program. Still, experts worry that rising interest rates and foreclosures will offset the increased sales and leave the housing market stagnant. Most experts see a short-term collapse but are optimistic the market could enter a recovery by the end of the year. "In the months immediately following the expiration of the tax credit, we expect measurably lower sales," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.

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