It’s no secret that the housing market has slowed in recent months. According to the National Association of Realtors, new home sales in 2006 were estimated at 1.06 million, the fourth highest annual total on record. In contrast, experts predict that new home sales will decline to 961,000 in 2007 and then rise only slightly to 971,000 in 2008.

This downturn in the housing cycle is not just making things difficult for sellers. It’s also creating an environment of increased adversity between buyers and sellers of residential development projects and spawning a flurry of litigation.