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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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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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Real Estate Trends

What to Know About Regions Where Home Prices Are Increasing Faster Than Incomes

It’s no news to agents, real estate trends point to the continued appreciation of home prices. What does this mean for sales?

A Shortage of ‘FOR SALE’ Signs Drives Prices Higher
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s Chief Economist noted a lack of listings in the housing market is driving prices higher. Despite already high prices, bidding wars are not uncommon.

Wage Stagnation Complicates Matters
American wage growth is being left far in the rearview, with home prices increasing at staggering levels twice that of income growth. On an annual basis, wages are growing just 2.6%, with a less than expected 0.1% rise in February. Stubbornly stuck, lackluster hourly earnings have been well-documented on government employment reports.

Prices Now Higher than the 2006 Peak Before the Housing Crisis
To add insult to injury for income-strapped buyers, national home prices have risen 6.2% annually based on the most recent S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller survey, to levels now 6% higher than their peak before the housing crisis.

Lack of Supply Lags On
A housing shortage continues to constrain the market, with the absolute number of units on the market nearing record-low levels. Though homebuyers have tried to step up the pace, new homes are not filling market shelves fast enough. And this insatiable demand is horrifyingly happening before the peak of Millennials entering the housing market.

Mortgage Interest Rate Rises but a Minor Speedbump
In current market conditions, the fact that mortgage rates are at around 4-year highs isn’t offering much relief. Those hoping rising prices are among passing real estate trends are out of luck.

The wave of increased housing demand is expected to continue, bolstering steady growth and affecting the economy over the next 4-5 years. The supply crisis is not letting up, and neither are gains in home values.

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Market Watch: Medical Office Real Estate May Be the Next Big Trend

In recent years, medical office real estate has experienced exponential growth. Are you allocating your real estate marketing dollars accordingly? Broad and encompassing, this segment includes everything from hospital and primary care facilities, to psychiatric/counseling offices, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage space.

What’s Driving the Trend?
Supply and demand: Demand for services from the aging Baby Boomer population, coupled with their retirement. Doubling in size from 2015 to 2055, those over 65 will comprise nearly 23% of total population according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. This has put medical office space in the spotlight, for investment buyers and practitioners alike, for the foreseeable future.

The Heartbeat of the Future
The future of this market, though positive, may experience some dips and dives in response to changing legislature such as the Affordable Care Act, and others, leading to unpredictability in certain markets. Investment in medical office space rose from sub-$4-billion in 2010 to $10.2-billion in 2016, and on-the-whole this sector is expected to continue its climb.

Taking Stock
To what location should your real estate marketing endeavors hone-in on? Generally, medical office space is found either on-campus, in busy, populous areas such as a large hospital or health complexes offering in- and out-patient services; or in medical office spaces in community settings, such as clinics/outpatient facilities situated for more convenient patient access. Some of these even blur the line between clinical/retail space. (Think: Drugstore health clinics.)

Big Picture
Healthcare providers are trustworthy tenants and a safe investment. However there are some shifts, with larger medical practices swallowing up smaller one-and-two person offices, and leading to the need for larger, flexible spaces to meet this demand. As providers scramble to cut-costs and retain customers, those facilities in less-costly, patient proximal locales suited to accommodate cutting-edge, money-saving technology will rise to the top.

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