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Opinion, commentary, and analysis on everything that makes the U.S. housing economy tick -- not to mention the ghosts in the machine, too. Written by HW's team of editors and reporters each business day.

Is Ben Carson as HUD secretary a good idea? Reactions vary wildly

Some view Carson’s (potential) appointment as direct affront to Obama’s efforts
Well, it’s been a few days since HousingWire reported that Ben Carson intended to accept President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, but there’s been no official word yet. Since tweeting about the job last week, Carson’s Twitter feed has been quiet. But that hasn’t stopped reactions to Carson’s (potential) appointment at HUD from pouring in from all sides.
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Is your company one of housing’s top tech innovators? Hurry up and prove it!

Deadline quickly approaching for 2017 HW TECH100
As the calendar ticks ever so much closer to 2017, the housing industry pushes ever so much further into the technological revolution, one that promises to reshape how the entire industry operates. We here at HousingWire, your loyal companions on this journey into the future, know that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of companies in the industry that are on the cutting edge of these exciting technological developments. We think everyone else should know that, too.
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Questioning Ben Carson as HUD secretary? Here’s the silver lining for housing

President-elect Donald Trump selects Ben Carson as HUD secretary
I’m guessing Ben Carson as HUD secretary is a title you probably didn’t expect to hear connected to the former GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon. Although it sounds like an outlandish idea to most Americans, there’s a silver lining. In fact, the positive side is something that people in housing actually asked for.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Trump's potential power play at the Fed

Homebuilders cheer the EPA's decision on stormwater requirements
Cabinet positions aren't the only areas of uncertainty under a Trump administration. With the next FOMC meeting set for Dec. 13-14, Fed watchers are speculating on what he plans to do with the Fed once in office. In an article on Sunday, The Hill outlined several Republican priorities that might now see daylight, including subjecting the Fed’s monetary policy decisions to outside review and requiring the central bank to adhere to rules in setting policy.
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Black Friday special: The top 5 things you need to read right now

Catch up on your election news as you shop for deals
Waiting in line trying to catch the greatest deals on Black Friday? Us too. But while you’re waiting, why not use the time to catch up on what’s been going on in housing since Donald Trump got elected? Here are the top five articles you should read right now, courtesy of HousingWire.
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Here are 5 bold predictions for housing in 2017

Plus, a bonus
Next year is less than two months away, and the holidays are likely to fly by. Giving his predictions for next year, Joe Melendez, CEO of ValueInsured, forecasts that 2017 could be a wild ride. "One thing I do feel certain about is that those who are most adaptive to change and innovation – those wanting to move beyond points, rates and the typical upgrade offers – will succeed in 2017."
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Deutsche Bank cutting back on mortgage business?

Plus, a new name emerges to serve as Trump's HUD secretary
Is Deutsche Bank about to cut back on its mortgage business? It appears so. Plus, a new name emerges to run HUD in President-elect Donald Trump's administration. And why is a massive Silicon Valley venture capital firm investing in a real estate loan marketplace? All that, and more, in your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.
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Dispatch from #HousingOurFuture: Not enough real estate agents are "culturally sensitive"

Asian and Hispanic mortgage markets set to boom
In the coming decades, the rate of homeownership among Hispanics and Asians will roughly double, and the housing industry is not ready, a panel of experts said Friday. Mortgage bankers and real estate agents are not equipped to appropriately deal with these communities, according to panelists at the Housing America's Family Forum underway today in Dallas.
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What a Trump administration means for real estate

And other major investment sectors
[Expert commentary] After the initial shock, markets closed at new highs two days following the election of President-elect Donald Trump. It’s safe to say that the stock market will continue along its recent bumpy path. Here's how the real estate and housing markets are likely to move to forward.
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