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5 June 2015

Real Estate Resource Roundup – 6/5/15

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Did you know that National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army to celebrate “donut lassies” who brought treats to soldiers on the front line during World War I? Now let’s grab that donut and catch up on all the news in our Real Estate Resource Roundup!

Average Down Payment Drops to Three-Year Low
RealtyTrac has released its Q1 2015 U.S. Home Purchase Down Payment Report, which shows the average down payment for single family homes, condos and townhouses purchased in the first quarter was 14.8 percent of its purchase price, down from 15.2 percent in the previous quarter and down from 15.5 percent a year ago to the lowest level since Q1 2012.

Pack It Up, Pack It In: Where Is America Growing?
America is in for major demographic change over the next fifteen years. Take a closer look at the cities that are anticipating a population boom.

New-Home Buyers’ Wish List: More Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Patios 
Though many expect smaller homes to make a comeback in upcoming years, the annual Characteristics of New Housing report found that 46 percent of single-family homes constructed last year had four or more bedrooms, up from 44 percent in 2013, while thirty-six percent had three or more bathrooms, up from 33 percent.

Survey: LGBT People Fear Discrimination When Buying a Home 
Data released by BHGRE and NAGLREP from a recent survey found over 70 percent of the LGBT community fear discrimination when looking to buy a home. The findings and the recent reveal of transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner who is currently selling a home, have brought light to the LGBT real estate market.

Why The Spring Real Estate Market Has Been Awful For Buyers
An in-depth look at why the spring real estate market has been lagging and when we may begin to see a comeback.

Six Strategies to Kick Your Broker Marketing into High Gear
Technology should help not hinder the way you do business. Take the lead. Educate your agents. Follow these strategies to make the most out of your digital marketing tools.

Now Anybody Can Advertise on Instagram 
For a while now, Instagram only offer paid ads to a few carefully chosen brands. This will change soon as it was recently announced that new changes to the platform will make advertising accessible to business of all sizes and individuals who want to promote their own brand.

In case you missed it here on Clean Slate, find out the five government policies your clients should know before buying their first home. Tell us in the comment, what hidden information do you insist on sharing with your first-time buyer clients?

If you have a few minutes, please participate in our “Real Estate and Social Media” survey. We’d like to find out how you’re using social media to build your business, and if you’re not, we’d love to know why. As always, be sure to follow #BHGRE on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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