Real Estate Resource Roundup: 5 Top Stories of the Week: 11/8/2013

Welcome to latest edition of the Real Estate Resource Roundup.  These are the industry articles that caught our eye this week.

Does it matter that interest rates are up a little?
Chris Masiello, CEO and President of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – The Masiello Group, discusses the current housing industry, and whether or not that 1.75% actually makes a difference.

Home Prices Rise in Most U.S. Metro Areas
Bright lights, big cities, lots of dollars. NAR released new data showing median home prices rose in most U.S. metro areas in the third quarter and several breakout markets had double digit increases. So while the U.S. home market gained steam over the past year, real estate recovery spread out to more metropolitan areas around the country.

Avoid “The Parent Trap” when shopping for home
Working with millennial first-time homebuyers? Don’t be surprised if they’re bringing their parents along for the ride – for better or for worse. Jeffrey Halpern, branch manager and broker/sales associate with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, discusses the “parent trap” that many first-time homebuyers have to deal with.

5 Crucial Steps for Successful Negotiations
Being prepared, actively listening, and reading body language all play a part in good conversation…and negotiation.

The Importance of Curb Appeal
If you’re looking for some great ideas to spruce up your latest listing, the Door Emporium team put together this great infographic on the Do’s and Don’ts of Curb Appeal.

And a bonus article, just because:

The Popularity of Tree-Named Streets
Oak. Pine. Maple. According to a recent survey, more than 5% of current listings in the U.S. are on streets with tree names. And apparently, tree-named streets are more common in warmer climates conducive to growing trees, versus metros where many streets follow a numbered grid.

Who knew?

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