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29 May 2015

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 5/29/15

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It’s almost June! We’re just about half way through 2015 and the real estate industry could not be more exciting. Set yourself up for success with the latest real estate news from this week’s Real Estate Resource Roundup. Now settle in, and get your reading started!

Americans Still Positive on Housing
The American dream of homeownership remains a positive fixture. More than 60 percent of owners and renters still consider owning a home to be a good investment, and believe their property value will increase in the next five years.

Pending Sales of Existing Homes in U.S. Increased 3.4 Percent in April
More Americans than forecast signed contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes in April, indicating a pickup in the housing market during the busy spring selling period.

Housing Bubble? Despite Rising Prices, Most Economists Still Say No
Is another housing bubble forming? This has been an ongoing debate among real estate professionals in the past few months. The latest report from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index shows prices has continued to rise for 35 consecutive months. However, economists still believe it’s not a cause for concern because “bubble prices typically rise in tandem across the country, rather than responding to the strength of local economies.”

U.S. Housing Data, Sturdy Jobs Market Buoy Growth Outlook
Latest housing and unemployment numbers are pointing to a positive growth outlook for the economy. Among the signs are rising home prices and fewer jobless claims. Many believe that this will lead to the Federal Reserve raising interest rates later this year.

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and NAGLREP release findings from first-of-its-kind national LGBT study dedicated to homeownership
With the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality pending and on the brink of LGBT pride month, Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) today released findings from the first-ever LGBT Home Buyer and Seller Survey of more than 1,700 respondents that show a majority believe homeownership to be a good investment, but possess strong concern when it comes to housing discrimination.

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Twitter Surpasses LinkedIn as Number One Social Media Site for Salespeople
Twitter has surpassed LinkedIn as the most popular and valued social media site for salespeople. Business-oriented users find the social media tool to be helpful particularly when engaging with potential customers.

Google’s Amazing New App is Like Gmail for Your Photos
Have you been struggling to find space for all the real estate listing photos on your phone? Google may have the solution for you. The search giant just announced a new app called Google Photos that promises unlimited photo storage for anyone with a Google account.

Test Your Real-Estate Spelling Skills
The National Spelling Bee may have found their winners. But you can still be the champion of this real estate spelling quiz. Test your knowledge of property-related terminology!

In case you missed it here on Clean Slate, learn how to use social media to win more customers with these five powerful tricks, and, discover the secrets to Shawna Bass’ real estate success in our latest #10QW. If you have a few minutes, please participate in our “Real Estate and Social Media” survey. We’d like to find out how you’re using social media to build your business, and if you’re not, we’d love to know why. As always, be sure to follow #BHGRE on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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