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10 April 2015

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 4/10/15

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Happy Friday afternoon, everyone! Before everyone heads out for a hopefully busy weekend of open houses, here are just a few stories to share in this week’s Real Estate Resource Roundup.

The hottest 20 housing markets to watch this spring
The early look analysis of March housing data suggests a surge in demand to Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com chief economist. These 20 markets should see particularly healthy activity in the coming months as home buying season kicks into gear.

Cheap Oil Is Squeezing Property Owners in Energy Hubs
More than $1 trillion in U.S. real estate debt from the last decade’s property boom is starting to come due as oil prices stagnate, squeezing property owners in cities and towns centered around the energy business.

Real estate’s top brokerages saw growth slow in 2014 (Inman Select)
In 2014, most of the largest brokerages in the country grew their businesses at rate that outpaced the market as a whole, according to an annual analysis by Real Trends.

House Prices Record Annual Gains, Expected to Rise in the Future
The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows that its measure of house prices, House Price index – Purchase Only, rose by 5.1 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in January 2015. This marks the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year growth.

The Many Benefits of Continuing Education
In our competitive business, staying on top of the latest trends and best practices is key. We believe in that wholeheartedly at Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, which is why you’ll find that our affiliated brokers and agents often take positive advantage of what REALTOR University has to offer.

Why Are Local Real Estate Brokerages Rebranding, Merging and Expanding?
A local story about the newly minted Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Advantage Realty last month demonstrates this dynamic, fast-changing time for local real estate brokerages in which they are rebranding, merging and expanding amid a hot housing market.

And, in case you missed it earlier this week on Clean Slate, we discussed tips on effectively marketing yourself at open houses. Have a great weekend!

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