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22 January 2016

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 1/22/16

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As the east coast prepares for a big winter storm and the west coast soaks up the sun, the real estate industry continues to make waves across the country!

Read the latest ups and downs, news, and insights from around the industry in this week’s Real Estate Resource Roundup.

Mortgage Applications Pop Nine Percent on Stock Sell-off
The sell-off in the stock market was great for the mortgage market last week. Mortgage application volume jumped, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The Nation’s 10 Strongest Buyers’ Markets
Buying trumps renting in more and more cities as rental costs continue to escalate. SmartAsset recently pinpointed where buying a home is better than renting in the shortest amount of time.

Home Starts Up 10.8 Percent in 2015
Information released from the Census Bureau’s recent December 2015 data shows total housing starts were up in 2015, weighing in at 1.11 million – which is 10.8 percent higher than 2014.

The Renovation Revolution: 203K And HomeStyle Mortgage Loans
For many buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, renovating a home post-closing may seem out of reach, but there is a way to fund a new home and remodeling updates at the same time.

Stock Market Tips for Real Estate Agents: Nine Things to Disregard, and One to Remember
Big shifts in the stock market this week had clients—and, therefore, real estate agents and brokers—concerned. However, unless you’re near retirement there’s only one thing to remember about the stock market.

Why Do Americans Consider Moving? [Infographic]
Several elements influence a homebuyer’s decision to move. Learn what the latest reports say about today’s Americans.

Ten Tips to Become Happier and More Productive Working From Home
Sometimes working from home is unavoidable, other times it’s a preference! Regardless, these ten tips will help you be more efficient.

In case you missed it here on Clean Slate, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Strategy Chris Zoeller shared four easy ways to increase your brand awareness through social media.  As always, be sure to follow #BHGRE on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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