Headlines 04.03.2012

Improving economic conditions have put the U.S. housing market on the cusp of a slow recovery, according to the latest report from mortgage giant Freddie Mac (FMCC).  Declining unemployment, rebounding home prices and a growing rental-construction sector will help stabilize the housing sector…    ~Wall Street Journal

Here are some of the headlines in real estate from the last week…

New carbon monoxide rules for owner occupied homes  ~  NW Dwellings

Expectations rising for housing market’s spring season  ~  USA Today

Bidding Wars Erupt in Market for U.S. Homes  ~  Businessweek

Investors Are Looking to Buy Homes by the Thousands  ~  NY Times

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac balk at mortgage-debt forgiveness  ~  Seattle Times

Freddie Mac: Economic Growth Expected To Stabilize Housing Market  ~  Wall Street Journal

NAR: 2012 home sales will be strongest in past 5 years  ~  Inman

Real estate traps to avoid  ~  Forbes

Why you may want to use your IRA to buy a home  ~  mint.com

Price isn’t only reason a home doesn’t sell  ~  Everett Herald

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