Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week: 3/22/2014


Good morning! One more week before our BHGRE National Open House Weekend! Make sure to check out parts 1 and 2 of our Open House Countdown series. Looking forward to hearing great stories from all of you about your Open Houses!

In the meantime, just a few stories that caught our attention this week.

Housing Starts in U.S. Little Changed From Stronger January
Housing starts in the U.S. were little changed in February after declining less than previously estimated a month earlier, indicating the home-building industry is stabilizing after bad winter weather curbed construction.

Economist: 3 major things you need to know about the 2014 housing market
David Berson of HousingWire lists 3 major things to know about housing in 2014, including how this year should prove to be the strongest year for housing activity since before the Great Recession and how demographics should start to favor housing activity, and mortgage availability shouldn’t worsen and may improve.

Post-closing surveys can boost real estate customer satisfaction, referrals
One simple step that every agent and brokerage can take to significantly raise client satisfaction to a 95 percent or higher level is to send a post-closing survey to your clients on every transaction.

Pistorius’ Is Latest Famous Death House for Sale
Famous or infamous homes going on sale attract “star lovers, bargain hunters, and macabre seekers,” according to Brian Levine, manager for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. This article reviews several of these homes.

US Lags While Drones Take Off Around the Globe
Associated Press covers the use of commercial drone in the US, a discussion which includes  Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty’s Matt Rand.

Vacation Home Tip Sheet
Gerrett Snedaker, CRB, senior vice president of North Bay Wine Country Group, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate in Sonoma, CA, and Nichi Dunphy with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene discuss factors that go into considering a second home.

Branding – It May Mean More Than You Realize
Branding is something every industry has to deal with. In with Real Estate Business Magazine, Jennifer Marchetti, SVP Marketing and Communications, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate discusses this important aspect of marketing, and how to make it a positive asset.

The Impact of Design on Your Business
RISMedia covered our Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Beta Broker Google+ hangout on “The Impact of Office Design on Business,” a panel which included Aman Dora of Red Oak Realty, Susana Murphy of Alante Real Estate and Eric Post of Better Homes and Gardens Realty Partners, hosted by Jennifer Marchetti, SVP Marketing and Communications of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate office opens in Milford
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Corporate in Madison, N.J. gave the “green light” to Thomas R. Wilkins to open a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate office in Milford, PA.

Take This ‘Smart Home Technology Survey’ For a Chance to Win $250
A Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate survey found that 84 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 35 consider technology to be an absolute home essential.


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