Charisma is a crucial component of a politician's appeal to voters. But there's more than one way to inspire confidence.
Some economists say that after years of slow sales, the housing sector is about to see a sustained surge because of pent-up demand.
If true, housing could serve as a kind of a big water tower — full of potential economic energy, ready to come rushing down to help re-float the economy.
But other experts say the water will only trickle out of that tower.