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First Valuation Names New National Sales Executive

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In Colorado, First Valuation named Ted Venhorst as national sales executive. Venhorst's real estate and financial services career has spanned nearly three decades, taking him through such nationally recognized companies as UPF Services, The CIT Group, NovaStar Mortgage, and IndyMac Bank.

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CFPB Leadership Uncertain as Court Invalidates Recess Appointments

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the controversial recess appointments made by President Obama in January 2012--which includes the appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)--are "invalid from their inception." Administration officials insisted the president was acting correctly under the Constitution; critics argued that the Senate was not actually in recess and that the president was skirting around the confirmation process.

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Survey: Optimism over Prices Has Sellers Holding Off

According to Redfin's latest Real-Time Seller Survey, 81 percent of sellers believe home prices will rise in their area over the next year, up from 75 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. While the increase in seller confidence should translate to increased inventory, the results have yet to be seen. According to the survey, 49 percent of respondents indicated they were planning to sell, up from 45 percent in last quarter's survey. However, the percentage of respondents who indicated they were selling "right now" fell by nearly half.

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Fed Report: Regulatory Reform Coming in Slow Measures

The last few weeks have seen a deluge of new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other regulatory agencies, but a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the reform process is still coming along slowly. As of the end of 2012, GAO estimates regulators have issued rules for approximately 48 percent of the Dodd-Frank provisions that call for them. Most of the effective deadlines for those rules have not yet been reached, the agency says.

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