Here is today’s question: By the time Congress passes a housing rescue bill (and overcomes the promised presidential veto), how much of a housing market will be left to save?

While we all wait for the answer to that question, this week’s news roundup gives you the inside scoop on the controversy that pushed former HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, new sales strategies for moving new homes, updates on flood rules, and, of course, the weekly “Have You Heard?” story. This week’s picks: the New York Times discovers that difficult homeowners’ demands drive remodelers to a therapist’s couch and argues for “The New Real Estate Boom. Really.”

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Top Headlines

Housing Starts Jump 8.2 Percent

The Fallout: Inside the Controversy That Ousted Jackson

Lawmakers Fault Bush Team on Housing Bill

Senate Short of Agreement on Housing Rescue


Boyce on Building: End in Sight?

Housing Crisis

Huge Turnkey Contractor Restructured by Parent Company

Fannie Poised to Scrap Policy Over Down Payments

Builders Feel Glum

Freddie Mac Dramatically Shrinks Losses

Foreclosures Climb

FBI: Mortgage Fraud Escalating Problem

Secretary Paulson Remarks on Credit Markets and Housing

Public Builders

Beazer Files Financials

Beazer Restates Earnings

Toll: Buyers on Sidelines

StanPac Seeks Waiver Extension, Reduces JV Debt

Orleans Closes Quarter with $55.7 Million Loss

Green Building

Green Building Techniques Featured in New Orleans Post-Katrina Homes Tour

Designer of Green Communities Has Big Growth Plans

State, National Organizations Help Guide Green Construction

Going Green: Habitat Houses to Feature Sustainable Design

Sales Strategies

Furniture and Promotion Boosts Sales for New Jersey Builder

Builders Expand Their Marketing With On-Demand Videos

Building Codes

California to Homeowners: You Must Help Prevent Wildfires

Flood Rules in Flux, Part 1

Flood Rules in Flux, Part 2

Have You Heard?

Building Rage

The New Real Estate Boom. Really.

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