December 22, 2018
  EBCBOR'S Care Foundations Awards over $67k in Grant Monies to 15 Local Organizations in Bergen County.  
Featured from left to right: Jacqueline Henry, CEO of AAH and 2018 Care Foundation President, Annekee Bhraver-Keely
EBCBOR Realtors® Care Foundation hosted their annual luncheon where they awarded over $67,000.00 in grant monies to 15 local non-profit organizations! A special thanks to NJMLS, the Realtors Care foundation trustees, and EBCBOR directors for all their hard work and continued support. Congratulations to all of this year's recipients: Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack, Alliance Against Homelessness, Family Promise of Bergen County, Center for Food Action, Association of NJ Environmental, Center for Hope and Safety, Project Literacy of Bergen County, Rebuilding Together North Jersey, Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living, Spectrum for Living, Transition Professionals, Vantage Health Systems, Bergen Volunteer Center, Women's Rights Information Center, and YCS. VIEW IMAGES
Realtors Care Foundation Year End Review
Realtors Care Foundation Year End Review
Student Loan Debt Roadblock to Homeownership
More kids are going to college today than ever before. From an academic perspective, that's a great thing. From a real estate perspective, it's a cause for concern because of debt they face after they graduate, and how it impedes their ability to buy a home for the first time. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2018 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers, the share of first-time home buyers fell for the third straight year to 33 percent.

Existing-Home Sales Keep Up Momentum in November
Existing-home sales kept up momentum in November, climbing 1.9 percent to 5.32 million, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. On an annual basis, however, sales were sluggish: 7 percent lower than in November 2017. In an improvement, inventory rose to 1.74 million year-over-year, according to NAR; last November, inventory totaled 1.67 million.

Alexa vs. Google Assistant: Is One More Useful in Real Estate?
The two brands currently dominating the smart speaker market are Amazon and Google with their built-in digital assistants, Alexa and Google Assistant. The most popular, midsize speakers from each brand are the Amazon Echo (second generation) and Google Home devices, which both offer Bluetooth and wireless capabilities.

Promoting Your Business During Your Holiday Downtime
What do you like to do in your free time during the holidays? Aside from running around and shopping, if you are like most people these days, scrolling through Facebook while sitting on the couch probably makes your list. What if you could enjoy your Facebook time and still promote your business? Sounds like a win-win situation, right? To help you keep your business rolling while still taking time for yourself during the holidays, we've assembled five ways you can do both (that'll actually benefit your business).

Canadian Investors Continue To Dominate Cross-Border Investments In U.S. Property Markets
Though cross-border investment in U.S. commercial real estate has tapered off since 2015, renewed interest from foreign buyers reversed course in the third quarter, with Canadian investors leading the charge. Cross-border investment increased 61% to $62B in Q3, the highest amount recorded since Q3 2015, according to Cushman & Wakefield's Q3 Capital Markets report.


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