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25 October 2014

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 10/25/14

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Good morning! The weekend’s already started, so if you haven’t left for those open houses, take a moment for our Real Estate Resource Roundup, where we’re sharing a few stories from around the industry and our network.

U.S. Regulators Approve Eased Mortgage Lending Rules
On Tuesday, federal regulators completed the mortgage market overhaul, but they left out any requirement for borrowers to make a down payment.

Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Rise to One-Year High
Sales of previously owned homes climbed in September to the highest level in a year, pointing to growing confidence in the U.S. economy as employment firms.

How Much Will Student Debt Drag on Housing?
Soft entry-level housing demand has fanned fears that rising student loan burdens may be crimping home purchases, but new data suggests that student debt may lead young adults to defer homeownership rather than skip out on it entirely.

Shift your value proposition to land more real estate clients
Helping consumers make the right decision is the true value of a real estate agent; however, agents do a poor job of communicating this value proposition overall.

Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows
Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent.

Teens of Generation Z bullish on homeownership
According to a survey commissioned by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, Gen Z teens believe homeownership is a more vital component of the American Dream than graduating from college, getting married or having children.

Better Homes And Gardens Reveals Findings Of Generation-Z Survey
In a special advertising feature, the findings of the Gen Z survey are featured, based on the article in Money Magazine and the corporate blog post from Katelyn Castellano.

BH&G opens Destin real estate office
We’re excited to welcome Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Emerald Coast this week as the newest addition to the franchise network, serving Destin, Florida, and its surrounding communities.

Zeroing in on Market Conditions
For Jen Branchini, a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens® Tri-Valley Realty in Pleasanton, California, keeping up with the ever-changing market is a crucial component to her continued success. 

The Newbie’s Roadmap to Buying a First Home
Kristi Ferrara, a broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate® Kansas City Homes, shares 12 tips for first-time homebuyers.

Real People: Firm’s flappers, fellas fund support for kids with cancer
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate® Gary Greene again hosted a night of fun, frivolity and funds benefitting The Sunshine Kids and Triumph Over Kid Cancer.

And if you missed it earlier this week, Christine Curtin from Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate The Shanahan Group talks about passion, curiosity and Paul Simon in her 10 Questions With Clean Slate.

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