Real Estate Resource Roundup – 7/3/15

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Happy early Fourth of July! The biggest summer celebration of the year is about to begin! Before you head to the beach or fire up the grill, catch up on this week’s real estate industry news with our Real Estate Resource Roundup!

Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Climb to Nine-Year High
Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose in May to a nine-year high, indicating recent strength in the real-estate industry will be sustained. The pending home sales index increased 0.9 percent to 112.6, the highest since April 2006, after a revised 2.7 percent advance in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors said.

NAR: Home Sales to Climb Seven Percent by Year’s End
According to economist, revenue in the housing industry is set to increase by 14 percent in 2015, and will spike another 7 percent to 10 percent next year.

Five Issues Set to Have a Big Impact on Real Estate
The real estate industry is always changing, but these five issues are about to heavily impact the market.

Housing Discrimination: The Next Hurdle for LGBT Couples
Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, discusses the positive implications of the ruling for the housing industry, citing research from the BHGRE and NAGLREP LGBT survey. Jeff Berger, president of NAGLREP, comments on the trend of LGBT acceptance which may lead to less housing discrimination.

Avenue Named Winner at 2015 Realogy FWD Innovation Summit
Realogy Holding Corp. announced Avenue as the grand prize winner of the 2015 Realogy FWD Innovation Summit held at in San Francisco. Avenue is a real-time smartphone app that connects real estate agents with consumers 24/7 and offers free real estate advice.

Infographic: Demographic Shifts That Are Defining the Housing Market
Millennials and baby boomers are defining the housing market like never before.

Why and How You Should Write a Forwardable Introduction Email
Agents are in the business of people, but connecting with potential clients over email can be difficult for anyone. Construct an introduction that will leave an impression with the recipient, and even encourage them to forward it.

In case you missed it here on Clean Slate, we shared social media tactics to boost your real estate sales. And 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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