Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week, 5/3/14

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Happy Saturday morning! It’s a fabulous spring day outside, so grab your coffee, catch up on some of these Real Estate Resource Roundup articles, and then get out there and have a fantastic weekend full of open houses and happy clients!

Americans ready to spend money…especially on housing
Americans are becoming more optimistic about buying a home, with 67{0a8e414e4f0423ce9f97e7209435b0fa449e6cffaf599cce0c556757c159a30c} of people polled saying they plan on purchasing a home. And of that amount, 32{0a8e414e4f0423ce9f97e7209435b0fa449e6cffaf599cce0c556757c159a30c} are looking to buy within the next two years.

Real Trends rankings reveal which real estate brokerages grew the fastest in 2013
Most of the U.S.’s largest brokerages grew their businesses in 2013 at a pace exceeding the growth of the market as a whole, according to an annual analysis by Real Trends that also reveals which companies grew the fastest.

As prices rise, housing recovery wobbles
Sharp increases in home prices in much of the US, along with higher mortgage rates, have discouraged many house-hunters.

Local real estate broker parters with DotLoop
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers has entered into an exclusive partnership with DotLoop to provide an entirely new paperless transaction experience for their real estate buyers, sellers and agents.

Downsizing home size, but not home value
Baby Boomers are downsizing, sure, but that doesn’t mean they’re losing home value – in some cases, it’s an upgrading in amenities.

Young buyers face challenges moving into first homes
Younger buyers are facing challenges when financing their homes. BHGRE Executive Partner’s Brandi Ledford discusses her experience working with younger clients.

And the latest here on Clean Slate,
Ready for your close-up? 6 Easy Video Techniques You Can Do Right From Your Smartphone
Karlton Utter, director of learning at BHGRE, shares six easy ways to use video from your smartphone.

Unraveling the Mysteries of New Construction, Part 1
Jeff Martel of BHGRE 43° North kicks off a two-parter that dispels some of the myths of new construction.

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