Real Estate Resource Roundup: Top Stories of the Week, 9/13/2014

Clean Slate Round Up Sept 13

Good Saturday morning! Summer’s starting to wind down – indeed, today’s the 256th day of the year. Are you on track for your goals this year? It’s not too late! And, here are just a few industry stories in our Real Estate Resource Roundup to help get you on your way!

A Giant 3D Printer Builds Ten Houses In One Day
A Chinese company has print out ten single story, 3D-printed homes. In under 24 hours. For $5,000 each. No really. Just read the story, and imagine what we’ll be able to do once 3D technology catches up with our imaginations.

A Rise in International Homebuyers: Are You Ready?
International buyers are entering the U.S. housing market at a rapid pace, according to a recent NAR report, and agents and brokers across the country must understand the importance of working the foreign buyers, as well as how working with an international client differs from a domestic one.

Foreclosure activity reverses course, rising again
After falling for four years straight, the number of U.S. properties scheduled for foreclosure auction in August was higher than it was a year ago, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. The rise was very small, just one percent, but it was, nonetheless, a warning that the foreclosure crisis is not entirely over.

Mortgage Lending Still on a Tight Leash
New layers of regulation as well as ongoing penalties in the tens of billions of dollars seem to be holding back mortgage lending even as other forms of credit are booming.

Tackle These Myths About Real Estate Technology Before They Kill Agent Adoption
Joelle Senter, dotloop’s vice president of market development, who works closely with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate® Rand Realty, busts the myths associated with real estate technology, and, in particular, successful adoption of new tools across brokerages.

The big news for Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate was the release of our Generation Z survey, below are just a few of the articles from the week.

Survey: Generation Z Would Give Up Social Media to Own Home
You’ll want to tweet this one out – Gen Z would give up social media for a year, if it meant they could own a home. Read what else they’d give up in order to own their dream home. Hint: Better get that prom outfit ready! 

Teen Survey Shows Strong Interest in Homeownership
The American dream is still alive and well in this 13-17-year-old cohort, as 82 percent  said owning a home is the “most important” factor in achieving the American dream, and a whopping 97 percent expect to own a home, In this National Mortgage News story, find out how they expect to get there.

The Surprising Thing Gen Z Wants to Do With Its Money
The article discusses Gen Z’s value of homeownership over many things, in comparison to their traumatized Millennial elders. Dan Kadlec over at found our survey “encouraging,” for finding: “our youngest generation is at last learning more about money at an early age.”

And finally, if you haven’t heard, we are celebrating Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s National Open House Month. If you’re about to show host an open house this weekend, or later this month, definitely explore Clean Slate for more tips, great ideas and insights. And, let us know in the comments below how your open houses are going – we love hearing from all of you.

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