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Bidding Wars Can Lead to Home-Appraisal Headaches

A small number of for-sale listings in many U.S. housing markets is contributing to appraisal problems for some home buyers. Bidding wars between eager buyers have become the norm over the past couple of years in markets with limited inventory, … Continue reading

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Obama Signs New Food Safety Legislation

President Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation that represents the first major overhaul of the nation’s food-safety infrastructure since 1938, but the presumed incoming Republican chairman of the agriculture subcommittee says he may not fund it.  The Food Safety Modernization … Continue reading

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Despite Bad News Real Estate Funds Perform Well

Despite rumors of an upcoming collapse in commercial real estate, real estate mutual funds continue to bring home solid returns. Investors bracing for part two of the financial crisis, this time in commercial real estate, missed out on a 27.6% … Continue reading

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Draining Flooded Aussie Mines Could Be Daunting

Australia’s flood-stricken coal industry faced lengthy disruptions, with one miner saying it could take weeks to drain its pits of water and a major port suspending export shipments because of a lack of coal. Floods have swamped mines in Queensland … Continue reading

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Record Food Prices A Worrisome Sign

Record high food prices are capturing the attention of top of policymakers The United Nations’ food agency (FAO) said on Wednesday that food prices hit a record high last month, moving beyond levels of 2008 when riots broke out in … Continue reading

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Business Is Improving, But Not Profits

Just as the U.S. economic recovery finally seems to be picking up profit margins seem to have peaked. Stronger GDP growth should help domestic revenue pick up. But belt-tightening may have run its course while commodity and labor cost pressures … Continue reading

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