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Many savvy real estate executives around the country aren't dismayed by the prospect of a slower housing market this year after the unprecedented housing boom of recent memory. In fact, many of these executives are even eagerly looking forward to quieter times that will allow them to regroup, rebalance and, at long last, perhaps even relax. This positive outlook is a reasonable response to a "normalized" market that is characterized not by rapidly rising house prices, dozens of offers for every for-sale house and a frenetic pace of doing business, but rather by modest home price appreciation from year to year, negotiation between buyers and sellers and a manageable pace of business. Yet sadly, a lot of the good news about today's housing markets has been buried in negativity about the out...