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Real estate pros share market woes

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NEW ORLEANS -- Waffling buyers, upside-down transferees, and concerns about the costs of association and multiple listing service dues are just a few of the things on the minds of agents, brokers and other housing industry professionals who attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Realtors, which ran from Nov. 5-8. Anthony G. Canizares Anthony G. Canizares, Tampa, Fla.: "The Florida market is still suffering," said Canizares, an agent with Keller-Williams Realty who said the principal hang-up is buyer uncertainty."Buyers are waiting and waiting, trying to figure out what they're waiting for," he said. That, as it turns out, seems to be some kind of signal that prices have bottomed, though after the long downward spiral, buyers are timid about finally acting when they think a property has hit it, he said. And sellers in his area are increasingly resistant to fixing up their homes in order to compete with the rest of the ...