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Industry news roundup for Dec. 30, 2013

By Berit Griffin December 30, 2013


Goal Setting for 2014
Professional Builder
“What did you accomplish in 2013?

A good way to plan for the new year is to ask yourself that question. Why? Because past performance is always a good indication of potential future success. So, look back before you move forward. Review your goals, activities, and performance benchmarks for 2013. Here are some items to consider as you make your assessment.”

Plenty of Good Cheer for Housing
“If all you wanted for Christmas was good news about where housing is headed, then you should have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.”

Cities try to lure young professionals with ‘micro’-units
MSN Real Estate
“In recent years, officials in many of the nation’s most expensive housing markets have embraced “micro-apartments” as a way to provide less-expensive housing for young renters.They are betting that the tiny apartments — generally the size of a hotel room for about half the rent of a full-size apartment — will attract young professionals and recent college graduates, helping to revitalize city centers.”

What’s  One Thing People Should Consider Before Re-Entering the Housing Market?
Wall Street Journal
“With residential real estate showing at least some signs of recovery in 2013, it might feel tempting to jump back into the market.

So we posed the following question to The Experts: What’s one thing people should keep in mind when re-entering the housing market for the first time since the crash?”