Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week: 2/22/2014


Thanks for spending time with us this Saturday morning with our Real Estate Resource Roundup, where we share industry and BHGRE stories from around the network.

In Tough Times, The Fix is In
Linda Olson, an agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate David Winans & Associates in Arlington, TX and BHGRE 43 Degrees North’s Greg Boss, discussing with the Wall Street Journal how homeowners tend to boost spending on routine repairs and maintenance, even when the economy weakens and home prices drop.Should You Buy a New Home Before Selling Your Current One?

Anthony Vitale, senior vice president of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Atlantic Shores in Huntington, N.Y. discusses the pros and cons buying a new home before selling your current one.

Attracting Talent Real Estate Agents
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brokers discuss how they attract and foster leading talent for their brokerages.

On the Move: Relocation departments embrace greening efforts
Pattie Huey, director of relocation and business development for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, discusses how her department went completely paperless.

Existing-Home Sales Drop in January While Prices Continue to Grow
Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half, but ongoing inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U.S., according to the National Association of REALTORS(R).

A few Millennial generation stories popped up this week, including the second part of our own focus on Millennial first-time homebuyers.

Working With Millennial Homebuyers, Part 2
In the last half of our Millennial focus, we explore how three Millennial first-time homebuyers and their agents dealt with the mountain of real estate paperwork needed from offer to close.

Finding ways to help young adults make their first home purchases
Tough new underwriting standards stand in the way of many potential buyers in their 20s and 30s, but growing numbers of friends and relatives are stepping in to help.

Millennial homebuyers seek diversity, walkability and smaller homes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean urban living
Much has been written about the differences between baby boomers and Gen Y, but we are just beginning to see how these differences are playing out in real estate. Like it or not, with the median age of REALTORS(R) at 57 and the median age of first-time buyers at 31, both generations must learn to adapt to each other.


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