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On Screen – a periodic “launch” of news, commentary, resources, bloggers and other information you can use to get your week started – from Matthew Ferrara & Company.

On Screen: Industry news launch for February 9, 2010:

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Fannie and Freddie have already consumed more than $111 billion in taxpayer dollars. And they are likely to need more.
  • A real estate bubble in Canada looks like it’s already inflated and expanding. Some markets are experiencing surges of 20% month-over-month, and it shows no signs of stopping.
  • NAR Economist Lawrence Yun finally acknowledges that the tax credits are causing housing data to skew wildly every month in the latest release of pending sales figures from the National Association of REALTORS.

On Screen: Expert Advice from Industry Leaders:

On Screen: Technology Trends (with Comments)

  • Cisco says there will be more than 5 billion personal devices connected to wireless mobile networks. (Important trend considering under 50% of REALTORS reported using a smartphone last year).
  • Comscore research shows that more than 178 million US citizens watched more than 33.2 billion videos in December 2009. (Amazing considering so few property listings have videos on them.)
  • Nielsen research says that use of social networking online soared more than 82% last year over the year before. (Yet less than 35% of REALTORS had a social networking presence in 2009)

On Screen: Smart Ideas to Sell More

On Screen: But Wish it Were Not!

Here’s the MLS photo of the week from “Really Bad MLS Photos” group on Facebook: