Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top 10 Stories of the Week: 10/25/2013


Welcome back to the weekly roundup of All Things Real Estate!  Every week we share our favorite real estate content found across the web.

Each of these articles is what we deem the cream of the crop and offers valuable insight into various aspects of the industry. From the latest real estate news to lead generation strategies, we are bringing you the most inspiring, cutting edge and industry relevant topics.

So grab your cup of coffee and read through the weeks hottest stories!

Real Estate Resource Roundup

Home price gains slowing as market recovers

Sherry Chris, Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate CEO lends her expertise to a USA Today article on the housing market. What factors are at play, and how does this impact you? Find out!

Half of nation’s foreclosed homes still occupied

RealtyTrac recently released data that compared its database of foreclosed homes with postal records showing whether mail was still being collected and whether change-of-address forms had been filed.  The company took the data and came up with an estimate that 47% of the nation’s foreclosed homes are currently occupied.

Report: Housing Inventory Fell in September

According to a report recently released by, the number of homes listed for sale dropped slightly in September but a growing number of housing markets are experiencing higher levels of for-sale inventory compared to last year.  This drop is usually normal for September, as they tend to be slow as the school year begins.

Home affordability sinks as housing slows

As home prices and mortgage rates continue to rise, it is becoming harder and harder for the average U.S person to afford a home. According to, of the top 25 housing markets, just eight are considered “affordable” for a median-income household.  However, as the market heads into a slower season, home price gains may moderate some keeping buyers attached to the market.

Builders lure ’em in with free extras

Donna Gennaro, associate broker with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Central Valley, is included in this article about how homebuilders are enticing buyers with standard high tech amenities.

For Sale by Owner’ Tips and Tricks Before You List

Rebekah Stephens, an agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers in Atlanta is included in this article about the top ”For Sale By Owner” strategies.  This article was also picked up by AOL Real Estate.

Top remodeling projects that add big value before selling

Better Homes and Gardens home improvement experts share remodeling projects that will increase your clients home’s value. 

What’s the secret to a perfect open house or holiday party? “The BEST” sugar recipe!

Make your next open house or holiday party a huge hit with our favorite sugar cookie recipe!

8  behaviors buyers MUST avoid while their mortgage application is “in-process”

For all the talk of how tough it is to be “mortgage approved”, the basics of mortgages haven’t changed. Mortgage approvals are still a combination of showing good income, equity, and credit.

For some mortgage applicants, though, it’s not getting approved for a mortgage that’s the hard part — it’s staying approved for a mortgage. There are plenty of land mines in the mortgage approval process. How to stay clear of them!

How buyers can make an offer that WINS

What Makes for a Winning Offer? 6 Tips to Negotiate the Best Price When Buying a Home!

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