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Steve Cook is editor and co-publisher of Real Estate Economy Watch and was Vice President for Public Affairs at the National Association of Realtors. He is a member of the board of the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Twice he has been named one of the 100 most influential people in real estate. Cook provides public relations consulting services to real estate companies, financial services companies, and trade associations, including some of the leading companies in online residential real estate.
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