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20 February 2015

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 2/20/2015

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Academy Awards® weekend is upon us – which actors or movies are you rooting for? Before filling out your Oscars ballots, catch up on the latest industry news in our Real Estate Resource Roundup!

Chinese Buyers Home In On More U.S. Real Estate
Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate! Speaking of which, Chinese homebuyers continue to snatch up homes in the hottest markets, further bridging the gap with Canada as the top foreign real estate investor in the U.S.

Real Estate Agents Are Desperate to Understand Millennial Homebuyers
Mumbling millennials have real estate agents worried—and for good reason. In a profession where success depends on gaining strangers’ trust and winning word-of-mouth referrals, older agents are scared they won’t be able to relate.

10 States Where Foreclosures Are on the Rise
From December 2014 to January 2015, property repossessions jumped 55{0a8e414e4f0423ce9f97e7209435b0fa449e6cffaf599cce0c556757c159a30c}, contributing to a 5{0a8e414e4f0423ce9f97e7209435b0fa449e6cffaf599cce0c556757c159a30c} month-to-month increase in overall foreclosure activity. More than half the states reported increases in bank repossessions.

Mortgages Grow Easier to Obtain as Insurance Fees Drop and Rules Recede
In a piece about easing requirements on mortgage loans, Joseph Rand, a managing partner of Better Homes and Gardens® Rand Realty, says the improvements are not huge, but “it’s a welcome thing. Loan officers are excited about it.”

NAR Tech Edge helps Realtors® Stay Informed of the Latest Tech Tools
Patrick Lewis, director of talent development for Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Sonoran Desert Lifestyles will be a presenter and emcee for NAR Tech Edge’s 2015 tour.

For Your Client: How to Get Your House Ready for the Market
Do consider curb appeal. Don’t overdo it on the heat. Follow these tips to help your clients get their house ready for the market.

Twitter Introduces TweetDeck Teams to Make Managing Accounts Easier
Managing your Twitter profile as a team has gotten easier. Twitter recently added a new feature called TweetDeck Teams, which lets you assign roles such as administrators and contributors to different social media team members.

And, in case you missed it, get to know much more about Joshua Tanner, President and CEO/Qualifying Broker at Better Homes and Gardens® Generations, and find out what distracts him the most on social media in the latest installment of our #10QW series!

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