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A construction worker gets some electrical power at a housing complex in Palo Alto, Calif. Sales of new homes plunged to record low Wednesday, a dismal sign for an already-weak housing market. Forecasters fear the U.S. economic recovery will be held back if the depressed housing market isn't revitalized soon. (Associated Press)

A construction worker gets some electrical power at a housing complex in Palo Alto, Calif. Sales of new homes plunged to record low Wednesday, a dismal sign for an already-weak housing market. Forecasters fear the U.S. economic recovery will be held back if the depressed housing market isn't revitalized soon. (Associated Press)

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