Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week, 6/27/2014

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Welcome to this week’s Real Estate Resource Roundup, industry stories that caught our eye, selected to inform and help you and your clients.

Five Takeaways: Where is the U.S. Housing Market Headed?
If you build it, will they come? Home prices aren’t going up as fast as they were a year ago. And sales of new homes, which have struggled to increase from relatively low levels of a year ago, posted huge gains in May, according to the Commerce Department.

Rise in Home Prices is Slowing, and That’s a Good Thing
The S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 major cities rose 0.2 percent in April, down from 1.2 percent in March and well below the 0.8 percent that analysts forecast.

Housing, Consumer Confidence Show New Vigor
Economic reports Tuesday spelled good news for consumers, as the housing market continued to bounce back from a brutal winter, home price gains moderated, and consumer confidence surged to a post recession high.

Hate Being on Camera? “Run and Gun” Community Videos Have Potential to Go Viral, Build Brand
You don’t have to be in front of the camera to create effective videos for your personal brand or company.  Rotate team members to build company morale. Think about hiring a professional actor to talk about your company.

Dotloop Signs Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty
Matt Rand of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty signs Dotloop, “giving its more than 800 agents the option to negotiate, collaborate, sign and close deals in the cloud.”

The Best ROI Doesn’t Come from the Most Expensive Renovations
Lessons on understanding why your homeowner clients are renovating, and why doing superficial repairs and replacements for profit may mean leaving basics like plumbing, heating and electrical problems unaddressed.

Damaged home? How to get an insurer to pay up
A few steps you can advise your clients to do, to make sure they get paid when filing a property claim.

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