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24 December 2014

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 12/24/14

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Good afternoon! Just sharing a quick set of Real Estate Resource Roundup articles before everyone heads out the door. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends, and we’ll see you next week!

U.S. New Home Sales Fall in November
New-home sales fell for the second straight month in November, pointing to underlying weakness in the housing market despite ultra-low interest rates and sturdy economic growth. 

U.S. Home Prices Rose More Than Expected in October
U.S. home prices rose more than economists estimated in October as rising employment and falling interest rates boosted buyer demand. 

Get ready: Foreclosed homeowners are baaaaack
In 2015, those who lost their homes in the housing crisis of 2008 and 2009 will begin to hit the seven-year point where most default events fall off their credit report. And many are trying to find their way back to homeownership.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Swim Against the Tide with 3 Percent-Down Loans
Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent.

How excuses can derail your brokerage business
Proactive brokerages have a distinct advantage in a new digitized environment, but most brokerages choose to do nothing or to react to the changing consumer environment, rather than proactively take progressive and necessary steps to modernize their business and address the needs of today’s consumer.

Facebook in 2015
We’ve seen a lot of developments at Facebook in 2104 – here’s a look at what might be in store for Facebook in the coming year.

Instagram purges millions of “fake” profiles
If you’re on Instagram and recently noticed a loss of followers, don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s Instagram. In what some are calling the Instagram Rapture, the social media platform purged 18.9 million fake followers and bots in the last few weeks.

The biggest small-business stories of 2014
Compared to 2013’s rocky economic road, this year saw several developments for big and small businesses. Here’s a good look at Washington’s five most important developments for entrepreneurs.

 

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