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Stronger Traffic Boosts Builder Confidence

After jumping 11 points in three months, builder confidence inched up one point in October to 41, remaining at its highest level since June 2006, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported Tuesday, matching economist expectations. The October boost was due entirely to a surge in homebuyer traffic in October, as other elements of the index were flat from September.

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Investors Shouldering Recovery as Consumer Confidence Wavers

Home prices and home sales are rising, despite lackluster demand of traditional owner-occupied housing, according to Tim Rood of The Collingwood Group. Rood points out that median home prices and the number of home sales are both nearly 10 percent above what they were one year ago. This rise is not spurred by owner-occupants, the traditional ""backbone of the U.S. housing market,"" according to Rood. Purchases by owner-occupants declined 15.5 percent in 2011, while investment and vacation home sales increased by 7 percent.

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ForeclosureRadar: Foreclosure Starts Down Dramatically in August

ForeclosureRadar released its Foreclosure Report for August on Monday, revealing that foreclosure starts fell dramatically during the month. The company's coverage area includes counties in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon. In all states except Washington, foreclosure starts either fell drastically or stayed fairly flat month-over-month, with Oregon seeing an 80.6 percent drop in starts.

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Five Star Panel Debates Home Rehab Options

To repair, or not to repair. That was the question posed to a number of panelists Thursday morning at the Five Star Conference and Expo. The panel featured a discussion between GSE and field asset representatives as they tried to help brokers and servicers tackle a common issue: Whether or not it's worth the investment to repair a home not in showcase condition.

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Foreclosure-Focused Reality TV Show to Debut in October

The show, titled ""Foreclosure 2 Fabulous,"" follows host Patrick Colville and his family and friends as they help participants buy, renovate, and refurnish foreclosed vacation properties within a five-day period. The program is designed to show participants and viewers how they can ""own and enjoy their own little piece of paradise.""

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Researchers Suggest ‘Kelley Blue Book’ of Real Estate to Limit Bubbles

A study completed by the University of Miami School of Business Administration suggests that fragile market bubbles could be prevented if the public were aware of how assets are valued. The research, set to be published in the Journal of Financial and Qualitative Analysis, analyzed China's 2007 stock market. The study found that stocks with a bigger amount of analyst coverage experienced significantly smaller bubbles than those that weren't covered as well.

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Q2 GDP Growth Pegged at 1.7%, Bank Profits Drop

The U.S. economy grew in the second quarter at 1.7 percent, slightly faster than the originally estimated 1.5 percent, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Wednesday. At the same time, BEA reported the second quarter grew at a meager 0.5 percent from the first quarter, but an improvement from the 2.7 percent drop in corporate profits registered in the first quarter. Profits in the financial sector though fell more than 9 percent.

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Analysis: Investors Driving Recovery as Activity Surges

A recent analysis from John Burns Real Estate Consulting suggests that investors may be the biggest driving force in the housing recovery. Across the 167 metro areas analyzed by the company, investor activity as a share of all transactions rose to 29.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012, up from a low of 23.6 percent in the last quarter of 2009.

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GDP Growth Slows to 1.5% in Q2 as Government Spending Drops

The U.S. economy grew at a disappointing 1.5 percent in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday, down from an upwardly revised 2.0 percent growth rate in the first quarter but better than expected. The growth pace is below the 3.0 percent level needed to add jobs to make a dent in the nation’s unemployment rate. Indeed the GDP report covered the same quarter which saw the weakest job growth – 225,000 jobs – since the third quarter of 2010 when the economy grew at a relatively robust 2.5 percent.

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