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Editor's note: The following item is republished with permission of AOL Real Estate. See the original article: Home Value Survey Sees Sharp Rise in Realtor Optimism. By Teke Wiggan With signs that a real estate recovery may be kicking into gear, a new survey shows a sharp increase in optimism among real estate professionals about the direction of home values.A survey conducted by home valuation website HomeGain found that the number of real estate professionals who expect home values to increase has more than doubled over just one quarter. Thirty-seven percent of respondents surveyed so far in 2012 said they anticipate that home values will rise in the next six months, up from 15 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. "The trend has been staying the same or decreasing. And here it flipped for the first time," HomeGain General Manager Louis Cammarosano told AOL Real Estate.He added that since HomeGain began administering the survey in the second quarter of 200...