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Consumer Empowered Real Estate Information Changes Agents' Selling Models

Real Estate Market Watch – Consumer Empowered Real Estate Information Changes Agents’ Selling Models

Today’s real estate trends point to a shift in the real estate sales paradigm. With today’s consumers empowered by information freely available online through portals like Zillow and Trulia, home buyers and sellers are increasingly looking to alternative sales models they feel offer better bang for the buck.

Sales Evolution
Though many agents fear replacement, market information accessibility isn’t rendering agents nonessential. Instead the rise of accessible digital home information has consumers looking to new opportunities in digital property transactions. Like the travel industry’s shift from agents to online tools, consumers no longer need the middle man to safely conduct transactions.

The Shift to Digital
Rather than the traditional 2.5-3% agent fee on each transaction side, consumers are looking to flat rate services such as Reali, which offer value while upholding quality of service. With the typical fee at about $5,000 for homes valued between $250,000-750,000, this offers both buyers and sellers substantial savings.

On a $500,000 home, which at a 3% commission would normally run $15,000, buyer savings amounts to $10,000 – a pretty penny in an era where scrounging up the cash for a down payment remains a significant challenge. And such services are not discounted, but full service, providing all the services and protections buyers typically expect from a broker, including open communication 7-days a week.

The Realization of a New Era
In this new era of real estate sales, most buyers/sellers opt for a non-intrusive chat/text session. Video/photo tours are created online, and buying/selling documents scheduled and uploaded through the service’s app, including disclosures and an executive summary of each deal’s details.

From scheduling a showing to shopper questions, everything is managed digitally via a buying/selling process that is automated, efficient, and tech-driven, yet still protects both parties, providing essential transactional guidance. Transparent, real time transactions, from the source, with no middlemen.

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Market Watch: Updated 2018 Changes to Buyer Demographics

Market Watch: Updated 2018 Changes to Buyer Demographics

Following an exciting 2017 buying season, real estate trends point to a few changes on the horizon. What will 2018 have in store?

Changes Predicted for the 2018 Home Buying Season
Stay on your toes and be on the lookout for these changing real estate trends:

– Baby Boomers Finally Ready to Downsize

Baby boomers are finally letting go of larger traditional and colonial-style homes, and are ready to downsize in retirement. What are they looking for? A smaller footprint and single-story living, so they won’t have to navigate perilous stairways as they age. How does this translate into the market? Rising demand is expected to push up the prices of single-story dwellings.

– Millennials Compromising on the Suburbs

Though many millennials have their sights set on urban life and activity, millennial buyers, who could make up 43% of the home buying market by the close of 2018, are prioritizing affordability and quality of life – a shift which is pushing this segment out into the suburbs. Last year, the undeniable shortage of entry-level homes posed a huge hurdle for this group, the nation’s largest buyer segment.

– Post-Bubble Foreclosure Sufferers Re-Entering the Market

The more than 10-million Americans forced into foreclosure during the Great Recession have put in their 7-year, foreclosure law penance. Sick of renting and itching to re-enter the market, how many will become eligible in 2018? Around a whopping 1.5 million Americans according to the National Center for Policy Analysis, adding pressure to an already strained supply of home inventory.

Still a Seller’s Market

As buyer demand remains strong in the current year, home prices will continue to soar. This will continue to add to the stresses of first time buyers, foreclosure sufferers, and cash-strapped retirees, struggling with a lack of affordable home options and a dearth of down payment cash.

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Market Watch: What's Hot and What's Not in Home Design

Market Watch: What’s Hot and What’s Not in Home Design

We can’t always be experts on interior design, which is why a bit of professional advice is always welcome. In today’s real estate trends, we’ll look at what’s hot in home design from the 2018 Interior Design Show.

The Kitchen as a Focal Point
Kitchen upgrades remain a key investment opportunity, not just in design, but in technology. In today’s homes, there are an array of opportunities for design and technology to meet, and this is especially true in the kitchen. Now seen as a place to gather and even entertain, not just a place to cook, opportunities abound for kitchen personalization in both the design and technology genres. From multifunctional kitchen islands to smart refrigerators, stoves, and more, design elements turn the kitchen into an ideal second living space, the hub of the home.

Durable Materials with Clean Lines
Topping off favored kitchen materials: Engineered quartz, whose fabrication advancements have opened new doors in other areas of the home as well, surrounding tubs, showers and even fireplaces. Heavier, contrasting concretes are also quite popular surfaces around the home. Clean lines are big, with distressed wood cabinets replaced by cleaner, sharper surfaces, including boldly painted cabinet fascia.

Curvy Furnishings
Curves and soft round edges in all types of furniture, from chairs and tables to lighting, are cropping up. Lighting is more than functional, it is sculptural, with homeowners investing in lighting as they do artwork: The more fixtures the better.

Extending Living Space Outdoors
Due to limited space and sometimes crowded living quarters, extending living space outdoors continues to rise in popularity, making outdoor living spaces among the most popular real estate trends to date. Here customization opportunities abound as well, from outdoor kitchen, dining, and bar additions, to living areas, game rooms, private garden retreats, and even outdoor office space.

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Shutting Down the Money - Chinese Real Estate Investments Dry Up

Shutting Down the Money – Chinese Real Estate Investments Dry Up

In surprising real estate trends, China’s investments in the U.S. real estate market are speedily drying up. A recent Cushman and Wakefield report highlighted the trend, noting a drop from $16.2-billion to $7.3-billion in 2016, and estimating a 55% drop in commercial real estate investments in 2017.

Why are Times Changing?
The unusually hasty retreat has been fueled by at least two factors:

Beijing’s Leaders Restricting the Flow of Cash Out of the Country
In August, China’s State Council imposed new regulations on outbound investments designed to keep capital at home and reduce the risk of runaway debt. With a massive impact on real estate trends, the move highlights the potentially dramatic effects of state-directed capitalism. Ordered by the government to sell or dispose of foreign properties, investors from state-controlled conglomerates are selling rapidly after acquisition – in some cases, before building.

Federal EB-5 Program Funding Drops, Limiting Green Card Access
The federal EB-5 program, which allows foreigners to apply for U.S. citizenship in exchange for investing $500,000 or more in a business that makes or preserves at least 10 jobs, is losing fuel. With a huge drop-off in funding, EB-5 cash from China has dropped to just 28% of its normal flow compared to the three preceding years. In the past, the millions of dollars raised in the green card program have funded major projects, including the Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live and the Dream Hotel complex in Hollywood.

Big Picture
Though the drop is dramatic, Cushman and Wakefield still predict Chinese capital will continue to play a significant role in the U.S. economy. Despite pulling back on new purchases, Chinese investors are not jumping ship, and are still buying more than they’re selling. However a shift is being seen, from state-controlled conglomerates to very high net worth individuals.

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Video Usage in Real Estate, the Stats Are In

How Blockchain Technology Could Transform Real Estate Listings and Marketing

Tired of the redundancies, errors, delays, waste, and exorbitant fees that have been part and parcel of real estate sales transactions since the dawn of time? From portal conundrums that create property search snafus, to transactional miscommunications that lead to seemingly endless delays, it may finally be time to stop the insanity.

Meet Blockchain Technology
The latest advancement in real estate sales, blockchain tech could allow for the creation of a universally accessible real estate information and records database – once an international standard for the collection of property data is created.

What is Blockchain?
Originally developed as an accounting method for Bitcoin, blockchain is now used in a variety of commercial applications. Utilizing distributed ledger technology (DLT), it allows participants in an industry, such as the extended real estate community, to track digital transactions without central recordkeeping. Any document can be inserted.

Once introduced, ledgers are permanent, unchangeable, and cannot be deleted, making them meddle-proof. The blockchain community owns/controls the information collectively, which is automatically distributed, making information easily visible, verifiable, and trustworthy.

How Could Blockchain be Used in Real Estate?
Enabling the execution of real estate transactions without the need for third parties via smart contract, blockchain technology could easily facilitate real estate sales proceedings digitally. Paired with IFPS, syndication of the world’s real estate network is possible. (Interplanetary File System(IFPS), is the technology that enables email/information transfer from one computer directly to another without the need for a third-party server, such as Google.)

Each property receives a unique identifier (hash) for permanent recording on a global ledger. Sellers will benefit from increased exposure, buyers receive access to localized, user-curated data – provided all parties get on-board. With universalized data standards, the sky could be the limit.

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