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20 May 2016

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 5/20/16

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Did you know the game of Monopoly was actually invented to teach players about capitalism? Check out more interesting real estate fun facts here.

Let’s get to the latest industry news and updates from this week in the real estate resource roundup!

U.S. Previously Owned Home Sales Climb to Three-Month High
Sales of previously owned homes increased last month to a three-month high, led by a surge in the Midwest, and indicating improvement in the housing market during the busy spring selling season.

The Zombie Mortgage Apocalypse Recedes As Housing Regroups
Zombie foreclosures—properties in the foreclosure process left vacant— are down 30% as of mid-May compared to the same period a year ago, RealtyTrac reported.

Sales Up In Nearly Every Price Range
A recent Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that home sales were up dramatically over last year in five of the six price ranges they measure.

Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate Still Booming
Despite any reports of a slowing economy, Chinese investors are continuing to make their mark on the U.S. real estate market, according to a new report just released by Asia Society and Rosen Consulting Group.

First-Time Homebuyers Struggle This Spring Season
Property values continue to rise across the nation, and the housing market is well into its sixth year of recovery, creating a difficult position for first-time homebuyers.

Millennials Change Home Ownership Trends
Millennials are bucking trends and changing the landscape of America. According to experts on generational trends and home ownership, one of the most notable ways is through home ownership numbers. Read more here.

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It’s Never Been Easier to Buy a Solar-Powered Home
Many consumers looking to purchase a home are unaware of a new solar program that allows them to bundle solar into their mortgage during their home purchase. Learn more about why your clients could benefit from having a solar-powered home.

Finally! An Emoji Keyboard for REALTORS®
A new real estate-themed emoji keyboard has hit app stores, launched by the California Association of REALTORS®. The article cites Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s emoji White House listing and emoji buyers’ and sellers’ guide as examples of how emoji exchanges are entering the real estate industry.

In case you missed it here on Clean Slate, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Strategy Chris Zoeller revealed the three building blocks of social media success for real estate agents. As always, be sure to follow #BHGRE on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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