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Investor Calls for Corporate Changes at Fannie, Freddie

In identical letters addressed to the boards of each enterprise, Bruce Berkowitz, managing member and chief investment officer of Fairholme Capital Management, urges the directors at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “act in the best interests of each company and in accordance with accepted best practices for corporate governance.”

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Experts Predict Diminished Investor Activity, 4.5% Appreciation in 2014

A majority of experts surveyed by Zillow and Pulsenomics expect large-scale investors will pull out of the housing market in the next few years--and that hopefully means a smoother field for consumer buyers. While their withdrawal will most certainly affect today's still-fragile market--79 percent of those surveyed said the impact would be ""significant or somewhat significant""--Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries says it wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to housing.

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Former First Franklin CEO to Lead WDB Funding

WDB Funding, LLC, announced the appointment of Andrew Pollock as the firm's president and CEO. Pollock brings 25 years' experience heading large-scale lending operations to his new role, where he is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership, managing operations, and executing the strategic direction of the company.

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Investors Dial Up Market Presence in November

Having fallen to 16.6 percent in August, investor share in the purchase market picked up to 18.8 percent (based on a three-month rolling average), according to the latest survey. Investors increased their purchases of non-distressed properties; although, they remained the biggest purchasers of distressed properties. HousingPulse reports investors contributed to 13.2 percent of non-distressed home sales in November, marking a seven-month high.

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Will Fourth-Quarter Earnings Meet Expectations?

According to a market report from FBR Capital Markets, bank stocks managed to outperform compared to many others. FBR says the improvement stemmed from rising investor expectations in response to interest rates moving higher and the economy showing signs of improvement. "However," FBR says, "we believe most banks will not be able to live up to these expectations as loan growth remains weak, pressures on margins still exist, and mortgage banking results should remain relatively poor."

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Realtors Confident in Housing Despite Credit Concerns

Confidence in housing among the Realtor crowd increased slightly in November, though concerns about credit availability continue to temper that optimism. A survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that among who reported transactions in November but ultimately did not close a sale, 9 percent said the homebuyer could not obtain financing, and of those, 6 percent reported the buyer gave up on purchasing the home. If lenders returned to "normal" credit standards, NAR says as many as 500,000 more sales could occur.

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Commentary: Looking Forward

In a commentary shared with theMReport.com, Peter Muoio, chief economist for Auction.com Research, revealed the company's predictions for 2014. Chief among his predictions: Housing will get its second wind, the Federal Reserve's stimulus taper will take longer than most people expect, and Congress will (hopefully) get out of the way of the housing recovery--though even Muoio acknowledges the latter prediction might just be hopeful thinking on his part.

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2014 Forecast: The Year of the Repeat Buyer Awaits

As prices continue rising in the new year--albeit at a slower pace--investors will begin to ease back from the purchase market, but repeat home buyers will be there to pick up the slack, according to Trulia's predictions. "2013 was the year of the investor, but 2014 will be the year of the repeat home buyer," said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. Other changes to the market in the new year include lower affordability, "less frenzied" home-buying, and a shift in the rental market from single-family homes to urban apartments.

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U.S. Commercial Real Estate to Bloom as More Jobs Return

Research experts at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) expect a "clear path to stronger performance" for commercial real estate (CRE) in 2014. Reviewing what they call "surprising upsides" in investment sales volume over the last year, JLL's top researchers say they expect the factors driving 2013's growth--an improving lender environment, heightened risk appetite, and the arrival of investors in secondary markets--are expected to continue to move the sector forward. As far as U.S.-specific growth is concerned: "It all comes down to jobs."

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