Each Friday we share with you the must-read, real estate news of the week. We’ve got everything you need to know to stay on top of breaking industry news and trends.
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“Is Now the Time to Buy Your First House? The Wall Street Journal Says, Yes.”
It’s been a scary few years for the housing market. But at some point, the nightmare has to end (please?). Is now the time? Should first-time home buyers consider jumping into the market? Eric Lascelles, the chief economist at money-management firm RBC Global Asset Management Inc., says this is a remarkable time to be a first-time home buyer. Continue reading . . .
“Top 20 Metros With Biggest Jumps In Affordability”
Among the 20 metropolitan areas to see the biggest annual increases in affordability in 2011 as a whole, seven were in the South, five were in the West and four each were in the Northeast and Midwest. Does your area make the list? Continue reading . . .
“NAR: Home Prices Firming, Sales To Rise 7 To 10 Percent In 2012”
According to data from the quarterly report released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), median existing single-family home prices, based on contract closings, “are firming in many metropolitan areas, while improving sales and declining inventory are creating more balanced conditions.” Continue reading . . .
“Marketing To Millennial Homebuyers: Demystifying A Generation”
Generation Y is enormous and their buying power is rapidly increasing, leaving marketers scrambling to reach them. The big secret is to treat them like Millennials instead of getting frustrated that they’re not Boomers. Continue reading . . .
“Instagram for Real Estate: 3 Expert Tips”
Last week we had the pleasure of joining Katie Lance of Inman News on her webinar titled, “Instagram for Real Estate Pros.” As you may already know, CENTURY 21 uses Instagram (you can follow us @CENTURY21) but what you may not know is how you can use Instagram to boost exposure for your real estate business. Continue reading . . .