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15 March 2014

Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week: 3/15/2014

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Welcome to our Real Estate Resource Roundup! Before we get down to it, a couple of reminders:

Tuesday, March 18, is our next Beta Broker Hangout. We’ll be discussing the impact of office design – it’s not just open plans and cool interior design – this stuff can actually have an effect your business’ bottom line! RSVP or watch the hangout live here at 2 p.m. Eastern on March 18.

Also, we are T-minus 13 days until our BHGRE national Open House Weekend event. How are you coming along on your prepwork? We’ll be posting an Open House countdown series here on Clean Slate for the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for some great tips from the BHGRE team!

Now, on to a just a few stories that popped up this week:

4 million renters want to buy. Can they?
As the housing market moves slowly into recovery, more and more Americans are gaining confidence and hoping to jump into home ownership.

Surging Home Prices Are a Double-Edged Sword
Even as prices have increased, housing still appears affordable by one traditional gauge. However, the problem with thatview of affordability is that it assumes borrowers have great credit and large down payments.

Most Gen X, Gen Y buyers are searching for homes — but not agents — on mobile devices
Most “Gen X” and “Gen Y” homebuyers are using mobile devices when they search for homes, but when it comes to choosing an agent, buyers of all ages are much more likely to rely on referrals from a friend, relative or neighbor than to end up with an agent they find online.

Top Tips for Selling a Contemporary Home
Linda Lyons of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty shares some really great tips for selling a contemporary home.

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