Real Estate Resource Roundup – 12/19/14

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Hey, hey, it’s finally Friday, and time for our weekly Real Estate Resource Roundup! Stay through to the end, there’s a great small business trends for 2015 piece that’s well worth the long-read for sure.

Home Sales to Rise in 2015 After Slow Year, Survey Shows
The U.S. housing market will resume its recovery in 2015 after a “disappointing” year as sales accelerate, construction increases and mortgage credit eases, according to a Bloomberg survey of 25 economists and analysts.

Boomers Seen Boosting New-Home Sales as Millennials Wait
With new-home sales running well below historic levels, older Americans who have had decades to build wealth and credit histories are helping to prop up demand while younger people put off homeownership.

Home Building Faltered in November, but Broader Trends Point Up
U.S. home building faltered in November, a reminder of the headwinds that persist even as the broader housing market has shown new signs of strength in the final stretch of the year.

Showing Your Best Online
Online reviews have a much broader reach than offline reviews, and for better or worse, clients are increasingly moving conversations about their experience with their real estate agent online.

Think like a hacker and break something
“To adopt a hacker mindset, agents should ‘make decisions quickly. Failure will happen, but the faster decisions are made, the faster learning occurs.”  – Brandon Arbini, CEO and engineer at Hello Agent. Great piece on figuring out how to get out of our comfort zones and disrupt the status quo. 

Dotloop streamlines referrals to brokers’ favorite lenders, title insurers
Dotloop cited a 62 percent increase in “deal flow” to HSA Home Warranty, the suggested home warranty provider for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers in Atlanta, Georgia, as an example of how to create new business opportunities and enable easy connections between consumers and recommended providers.

10 trends that will impact small businesses in 2015
As everyone is busily developing their 2015 marketing plan, here are 10 trends that you’ve probably heard and some you haven’t. But all are definitely worth keeping in mind.

And, in case you missed it here on Clean Slate, Joanna Williams of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Kansas City Homes gave us some great business planning tips, and get to know much more about Amy Chorew, VP of platform development for Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, in the latest installment of our #10QW series!


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