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Mel Watt Nomination in Limbo By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer October 31, 2013 In May, president Obama nominated U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt, a Charlotte, N.C., Democrat, to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The nomination has been in limbo ever since, and now it may be delayed further. The ‘Texa-fication’ of America By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer October 31, 2013 This week, Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, penned a cover story in TIME magazine, titled “The United States of Texas: Why the Lone Star State is America’s Future." Thinking Out of the Box Helps Sell Homes Fast By Joel Cone, Senior Staff Writer October 24, 2013 To be able to successfully flip a home takes more than just buying a property, fixing it up and putting it up for sale. Fed Options Hobbled By Tough Jobs Market & Falling Income By Peter Miller, Contributor October 22, 2013 Home prices during the past year have risen significantly but can prices continue to increase? More and more the answer has a lot to do with employment levels and income as opposed to bricks and mortar. Why The FHA Should Be Opened To Investors By Peter Miller, Contributor October 15, 2013 FHA mortgages are supposed to be a vanishing species but the use of such financing is actually on the rise despite higher costs and tougher terms. Obama Makes Historic Pick With Yellen For Fed Chair By Joel Cone, Senior Staff Writer October 15, 2013 History is in the making as the nation’s first-ever black president has nominated the first-ever woman to chair the Federal Reserve in the central bank’s 100 years of existence. 5 Cities with Thriving Real Estate Markets By Morgan Sims, Guest Contributor October 14, 2013 Real estate made great strides this year, continuing a trend from 2012. If you want to cash in on the recovery, start with this list of five thriving cities. Foreign Buyers Scale Back Purchases of U.S. Homes By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer October 11, 2013 For many deep-pocketed foreign investors, U.S. housing has never looked better. But international interest in American properties may be waning. Shutdown Could Stall Housing Recovery By Octavio Nuiry, Senior Staff Writer October 11, 2013 The federal government shutdown has provided a great opportunity to examine some of the more obscure housing bureaucracies that most Americans have probably never heard of. Is There A Real Estate Bubble To Burst? By Peter Miller, Contributor October 11, 2013 With home values still below the peak seen in April 2007 it seems difficult to suggest that the price rises seen in the past year or so might suggest a bubble. Print Email

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