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Real estate agents need to step up game in ’07

As housing outlook brightens, sellers should be top priority

The peaks and valleys of the 2006 housing market were curious -- perhaps even unique -- but consumers and real estate professionals will probably experience a more consistent, positive environment in 2007, according to leading industry analysts. National economists and pollsters, even the legendary Alan Greenspan who retired as chairman of the Federal Reserve early last year, also concurred that housing activity should pick up some steam in 2007. "Most of the negatives in housing are probably behind us," Greenspan said. "The fourth quarter should be reasonably good, certainly better than the third period." Others, including Steve Murray, publisher of Real Trends, a real estate research and information company, were willing to push a positive outlook further into the future. Murray feels the desire for a home as a residence, or as a recreation or retirement investment will remain strong for the next decade. "We believe that housing consumers will purchase more homes in the next 10 y...

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