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topStories Monday, November 28, 2016
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Fair Economic Forecast as Trump Policies Come into Focus
The U.S. economy will continue to grow—though at a “modest” rate—through the end of this year and into 2017, with President-Elect Trump’s proposed policies prompting Fannie Mae to issue a fair forecast in its recently released November 2016 Economic and Housing Outlook. Notably, the Outlook predicts shrinking housing affordability, especially if mortgage rates follow their post-election surge. “The lack of homes for sale, particularly at the lower end of the market, continues to be a significant challenge for housing,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae chief economist, in a statement on the Outlook. “Demand from first-time buyers has increased with household formation and is outpacing supply, leading to significant price increases ...
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Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings to Speak at 2017 REALTOR® Broker Summit
Taking place at San Diego’s posh Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort on Feb. 14 and 15, the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® Broker Summit will feature... READ MORE >
Smooth Inspections Keep Transactions Humming
In her 10 years in the real estate industry, Katie Ducharme has seen the business from several vantage points—from the homebuilder perspective when she worked... READ MORE >
Full Transparency Keeps Surprises at Bay
In the following interview, Andy McDonald, designated broker at HomeSmart Advantage Group in Tucson, Ariz., discusses his firm’s fee structure and technology, as well... READ MORE >
Building a Strong Foundation
In the following interview, Cindy Fox, broker/owner of Real Living Now Real Estate in Lake St. Louis, Mo., discusses her market, the real estate marketing programs... READ MORE >

How to Best Organize Your Home for the Holidays
By Andrea Davis
Many homeowners find the holidays to be a difficult time of year. To ensure that your holidays are as enjoyable as possible, be sure to get your home ready to face this festive season. Here are a few tips to prepare your home for the holiday hustle: Create a Master To-Do List - Set aside
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