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Real estate’s 50 most powerful people

BusinessWeek list includes economists, academics, government officials

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek has posted its latest "50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate 2010" list. The lineup focused mainly on industry experts with the clout to shape the future of residential real estate, and included economists, academics, government officials, property owners, builders, and heads of industry organizations, among others. Notables included both Karl E. "Chip" Case and Robert J. Shiller, whose research led to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Case has been a professor of economics at Wellesley College since 1981 and will retire this year, the magazine said. Both he and Yale University economist Robert J. Shiller earned their place on the list for their influential indices and for forseeing the bursting of the housing bubble. Senator John Hardy "Johnny" Isakson, R-Ga., a real estate broker, also made the list. He pushed to extend the first-time homebuyer tax credit and to establish a new, expanded tax credit progra...