Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week, 8/23/2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Good morning! Grab your coffee and settle in to read just a few of our Real Estate Resource Roundup articles before getting out the door to start the day.

Real Estate Embraces ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge”
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenges from celebrities, political figures, friends and followers have dominated our social timelines these last few weeks, and real estate is no different. Check out the challenges that caught Inman’s eye this week, including one with Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, and the team from with our newest member of the BHGRE® family, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate® Go Realty.

Where You Give Up The Most to Afford a House
Mortgage rates last week hit their lowest level of the year and are significantly lower than they were last summer, but that is not helping potential homebuyers in some local markets who are facing sticker shock, with the least affordable markets.

Millennials Better at Paying Their Mortgages
The youngest group of mortgage borrowers posted the lowest mortgage delinquency rate, falling to 2.34{0a8e414e4f0423ce9f97e7209435b0fa449e6cffaf599cce0c556757c159a30c} at the end of the second quarter, according to a new report from TransUnion.

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Up 2.4{0a8e414e4f0423ce9f97e7209435b0fa449e6cffaf599cce0c556757c159a30c} in July (Subscription)
The U.S. housing recovery gained traction in July after a shaky stretch following a jump in mortgage rates, as sales of previously owned homes rose to their highest level in 10 months. 

Vme Inks Sponsored-Content Deal
More announcement news for our VME Hogar series produced in partnership with Spanish-language TV network Vme and Casa Latina, aimed at Hispanic new homebuyers to better educate them on real-estate basics.

Why a Prominent Indie Brokerage is Affiliating with a Powerhouse Franchise Brand
We were so pleased to welcome Go Realty, a Cary, North Carolina,-based brokerage, to the BHGRE family this week. Looking forward to seeing how #GoGetsBetter! And, in case you missed it, we featured CEO Kevin Woody in our Ten Questions With series earlier this week.

How to Choose the Right Mortgage Company
Referrals, research, estimates. It’s tough enough just looking for a home, not to mention finding the right mortgage company. A great piece to forward on to clients beginning their journey to their next home.


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