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12 June 2015

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 6/12/15

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Didn’t get a chance to catch all the exciting real estate industry news this week? Well, never fear because we’ve got you covered! Our Real Estate Resource Roundup has all the news you need to succeed! Let’s get reading!

Midyear Report: The Housing Market Is on Track for Its Best Year Since 2006 (and It Ain’t a Bubble)
We’re halfway through 2015 and the housing market is seeing it’s biggest improvement in nearly ten years. Recent job growth and a high housing demand are considered contributors to the report findings.

Potential Homeowners Still Believe in Housing… Now More Than Ever
Consumers are excited about housing. At least that’s what Fannie Mae finds in its latest May 2015 National Housing Survey. The survey posts that the share of people who believe now is a good time to sell a home increased three percentage points to 49 percent. This is a new survey high and six percentage points greater than the same time last year.

Home Price Gains Boost Household Wealth In Q1
Household wealth is increasing as home values and stock prices continue to advance. Recent data shows household real-estate assets have climbed by $472.5 billion and that owners’ equity as a share of total household  increased to 55.6 percent last quarter from 54.6 percent.

Buying a Home is Getting Easier — At Least in One Way
The average down payment for single-family homes, condos and townhouses purchased in the first quarter of 2015 was 14.8 percent of the purchase price, down from 15.2 percent in the previous quarter and down from 15.5 percent a year ago, and the lowest level since the first quarter of 2012.

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Safety Checklist for Showings
As real estate agents, we meet new people almost daily and always hope for a big crowd during showings, but being around so many unknown faces can lead to vulnerable situations. Make sure you’re taking the right safety precautions.

21 Ways to Reboot Yourself & Revitalize Your Goals Mid-Year
This time of year always seems to get a little chaotic! Reset your goals with these 21 revitalizing activities so you can be at your best all year long!

Twitter Gets Serious About Messaging, Will Remove DM Character Limit
This coming July, Twitter will remove the character limit within direct messages, making it easier for users to communicate through the platform. This welcoming change opens up opportunities for real estate agents to craft better messaging when communicating with prospective clients on Twitter.

In case you missed it here on Clean Slate, we revealed the top five ways to communicate with millennial home-buyers! Let us know in the comments how you bridge the generation gap with your clients.

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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