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Zeller, CEO of Real Estate Champions, coach and best-selling author of three "Dummies" books, including one on time management, says getting control of your time isn't a quick-fix solution.
 
"It takes practice. Time management is like a muscle. You can't run a marathon (or set a marathon schedule) and run it without building up your muscles and your discipline," he told attendees in a recent webinar.
 
Zeller also holds a Certified Speaker designation (CSD), and with more than 1,000 published articles, he's one of the most published authors in the success training category. His says his successes are a result of learning to manage his time—a skill he shared in great detail.
 
As an agent, Zeller worked four days a week and enjoyed three days a week at a vacation home without touching anything to do with real estate—and he still sold 150 homes a year, thanks to his time management strategy.
 
He admits he's not perfect. "There are days when my time gets away, too," he said. "There are curveballs, but there's a strategy to deal with that, too."
 
How You Use Your Time Will Determine the Quality of Your Life
Time is the great equalizer. We all only have 24 hours in a day. So, what are you going to do with your time? Time management isn't about being perfect; it's about being focused, and what you focus on, Zeller explained. Focus on Your Premium Time
The two most important aspects of time management are determining where to focus, and then using your premium time: the three to four hours a day where we're most focused, most energetic, and most aware. There are no right and wrong premium times—just the times when you work best. If you don't know what your hours are, figure it out as soon as possible. Concentrate on doing your DIPA during those premium hours. During that time: How to Look at Time
When you think of your time as DIPA vs. PSA (lead follow-up, showing property and writing contracts), and PPSA (making flyers, paying bills, meeting the home inspector, answering phones, etc.), you'll begin to see where your time goes. There's not a right or wrong amount of time, but there needs to be a balance.
 
An hour or two of DIPA time versus 6-7 hours of PSA time is going to be reflected in your income, because you get paid based on the value of your skills. Do you want to be paid $295-plus an hour, or $15 an hour? PSA activities are worth about $15-$20 an hour. DIPA activities are worth hundreds of dollars an hour. So which activities do you want to focus on? The more hours you work at DIPA activities, the more money you'll make. Consciously shift your time from the PSA activities to DIPA activities by one hour a day, and you can increase your income by $50,000 a year.
 
How to Set Your Daily Priorities
The most successful people select and complete the highest-priority tasks first. Champion Performers have developed a plan or a system to identify and categorize the activities that must get done and you can too. By using Zeller's daily priority form, anyone can maximize the time they invest.
 
Work on DIPA activities. Go to https://realestatechampions.net/tmmwebinar-workbook-1 to download the free form to help you set your priorities. The form creates five key priority areas. First, list all the activities that need to be done. Then assign each activity on the list a category based on A, B, C, D or E:  Then list your activities in order of their priority based on the category you listed them in. Finally, with those categories in hand, time-block your day and week, focusing on your A categories.
 
Time-Blocking
Time-blocking is a type of scheduling that can help you manage your time better by focusing on finishing tasks (large or small) one at a time. Effective time-blocking means figuring out what sorts of things you need to do each day, month, and year. Schedule in: You can't fill every box—it's not reality—but you can schedule your most important activities based on your goals, including personal time and sales times. Don't schedule marathon times of 2-3 hours. Set blocks of 20, 30 or 60 minutes, then take a 15-minute break and clear your mind, walk around, get a cup of coffee and relax. Don't check email, and don't make phone calls. Make your break a break, then get back to work.
 
It will take time to become a time management ninja, but it's entirely possible if you start now, changing an hour a day, and building up your skills.
 
To hear all of Zeller's tips and insights, listen to the webinar here
 
For more information, please visit connect.homes.com" ["preview"]=> string(479) "Seventy-two percent of more than 5,000 REALTORS® have told Dirk Zeller that their No. 1 business challenge is time management. "No other business or life challenge even comes close to the problem of managing our time," he says. Zeller, CEO of Real Estate Champions, coach and best-selling author" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(1) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(3) "835" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(4) "Ad_1" ["item_type"]=> string(2) "ad" ["zone"]=> string(4) "Ad 1" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "98750" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_01" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 1" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "98750" ["subject"]=> string(45) "NAR Pauses Logo Release to 'Examine' Redesign" ["authors"]=> string(17) "By RISMedia Staff" ["data"]=> string(5209) "Members Voice Opinions Prompting Further Consideration 
Days after the announcement that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) branding had been redesigned—including the introduction of a new REALTOR® "R"—the organization has announced it is "pausing its implementation" after evaluating feedback from its members. 
 
Following the announcement on Monday that NAR was rolling out the newly revised logo, the organization decided on Wednesday to put the logo release on hold due to concerns raised over the cost and need for the revamp. In a member communication sent out yesterday, the message cited strong disapproval as the reason for pausing the rollout, stating, "we have received a diversity of opinions that ranged from strong support to outright disapproval." 
 

 
On Wednesday, NAR released a statement from CEO Bob Goldberg and President Elizabeth Mendenhall informing members of the postponement:
 
Since we announced the brand evolution and logo redesign, we have received a diversity of opinions that ranged from strong support to outright disapproval. Please know how much we appreciate member input and how seriously we take your feedback.
 
While the issues that drove this process to evaluate and ultimately evolve the REALTOR® logo still exist, we are pausing its implementation. This extra time will allow us to further examine the enhancement of the REALTOR® brand proposition, including the logo, which means so much to you and your business.
 
We are a member-centric organization and this decision to postpone the brand transformation demonstrates that your national association is listening.
 
From condemnation to praise, the branding—the cube logo, particularly—ignited a range of responses, including on RISMedia.com
 
"As we tried to reimagine our REALTOR® R, we thought about the people behind the brand—the human beings who are making the real estate transaction happen," said Goldberg of the revamp at the time. "Consumers trust our members and our brand represents trust. We don't ever want to lose sight of the fact that the human factor makes the brand what it is."
 
Here is the full text of the communication from NAR to its members:
 
Since we announced the brand evolution and logo redesign, we have received a diversity of opinions that ranged from strong support to outright disapproval. Please know how much we appreciate member input and how seriously we take your feedback.
 
While the issues that drove this process to evaluate and ultimately evolve the REALTOR® logo still exist, we are pausing its implementation. This extra time will allow us to further examine the enhancement of the REALTOR® brand proposition, including the logo, which means so much to you and your business.
 
We are a member-centric organization and this decision to postpone the brand transformation demonstrates that your national association is listening.
 
This journey began in earnest in 2016 from a Presidential Advisory Group on choosing real estate as a first career. The number one directive of the PAG was that NAR should expand, modernize, and elevate the REALTOR® brand.
 
The process continued in 2017 when a Sounding Board of members, the Leadership Team, and NAR Staff engaged a brand design group to create a new brand proposition and logo. Throughout the year, qualitative and quantitative research was conducted with consumers and members about the current brand and potential brand updates.
 
This was a thoughtful, deliberate, and comprehensive process with input from many diverse viewpoints. We were very excited to share the new brand with our members. But we are also mindful that an association with 1.3 million members has 1.3 million opinions, especially about an identity that represents our commitment to our clients.
 
For that reason, let’s all take a deep breath. Let’s take a pause on the brand roll out. Let’s gather more input.
 
Sincerely,
The NAR Leadership Team
 
The first REALTOR® R was implemented in 1973, when the association changed its name from the "the National Association of Real Estate Boards" to "the National Association of REALTORS®."

Stay tuned to RISMedia for more developments." ["preview"]=> string(291) "
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Focus in on Your Clients' Needs
"What's in it for me?" is the primary question your clients are asking, whether they verbalize it or not. Take a moment and put yourself in your clients' shoes and think about what their goals, fears and pain points are. Then, determine how you can meet—and exceed—their expectations before, during and after a transaction.
 
If you're able to identify your clients' needs, articulate the unique value you offer and then follow through for them, you'll appeal to their emotions and create walking, talking billboards for your business. Since many agents move on to the next lead or client once the transaction has closed, by developing a lasting relationship with your clients, you'll stand out from the competition and turn quality leads into more leads.
 
Facts Tell, Stories Sell
While hard numbers and stats are important, if you really want to compel someone to action, put a face on your facts. Great examples of this are Buffini & Company's "It's a Good Life" client story videos. While we could share the fact that our clients earn 11 times the national average, we'd rather introduce you to clients who are experiencing success in their businesses, like Ben Andrews of Portland, Ore., who went from having $300 in the bank and a baby on the way to closing over 50 transactions and $22.7 million in sales volume.*
 
Ben and his wife, Heidi, were well on their way to building a successful business, but when Heidi became pregnant with their son, her role shifted and they began to lose momentum. Ben enrolled in our Peak Producers® training program and learned to nurture and lean into his relationships with his clients. The combination of continuous development and coaching allowed him to create balance in his life and business. Check out the full story at buffiniandcompany.com
 
Stories demonstrate who you are and what you do better than you could ever communicate by just sharing cold facts. Studies show that we buy emotionally and justify our decision logically, and your clients are no different.** By appealing to their emotional side with stories, you'll connect with them on a deeper level and build trust.
 
Authenticity Wins the Day
More than ever, people crave authenticity; they want personal service and specific messaging—they don't want to be treated like strangers. Brian Buffini—founder of Buffini & Company—often says, "Just being you is good enough to be great." So, be you. Be real, and connect with your clients on a personal level. See what your clients are passionate about and what they spend their time doing, then find common ground to build rapport. This is relationship-based marketing, and it's what we believe to be the most effective and most enjoyable way to build your business.
 
While marketing tactics may change rapidly, core principles always stay the same. Focus on your clients' needs, tell a good story and be authentic. Do these things, and I assure you that your business will benefit.
 
Sources: 
* Buffini & Company
** Achar, Chethana, et al., "What we feel and why we buy: the influence of emotions on consumer decision making." Current Opinion in Psychology 2016, 10: 166-170.  http://staff.washington.edu/acharc/images/current_opinion_emotions.pdf
 
 
Terri King is chief marketing officer (CMO) of Buffini & Company. For more information, please visit www.buffiniandcompany.com" ["preview"]=> string(296) "
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"Mortgage rates have been holding steady over the past two months," says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. "The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.42 percent in this week's survey. Rates have bounced around 4.4 percent since mid-February.
 
"Rates could break out and head higher if inflation continues to firm," Kiefer says. "The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that the Consumer Price Index increased 2.4 percent over the 12 months ending in March—the largest 12-month increase in a year. Members of the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee are looking at inflation indicators to help determine the appropriate path for policy. 
 
"If inflation continues to trend higher, we may see two or three more rate hikes from the Fed this year, and mortgage rates could follow," says Kiefer. "For now, mortgage rates are still quite low by historical standards, helping to support homebuyer affordability as the spring home-buying season ramps up."
 
Source: Freddie Mac " ["preview"]=> string(286) "
Mortgage rates made minor moves this week, with the average 30-year, fixed rate up to 4.42 percent from 4.40 percent the prior week, according to Freddie" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "98747" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(11) "Section_04a" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 4" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "98747" ["subject"]=> string(42) "NAR: Competition in Real Estate 'Vigorous'" ["authors"]=> string(17) "By RISMedia Staff" ["data"]=> string(2731) "Ahead of a June U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) public workshop—in which the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will participate—NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson has issued a statement:
 
"The National Association of REALTORS® asserts that the real estate market is vibrant, healthy and vigorously competitive. Technology innovation in the real estate industry is robust, and the notion that real estate isn't highly competitive and listing data not readily available is unsubstantiated. To the contrary, a wealth of listing data is available to consumers and technology companies from a multitude of sources, and REALTORS® provide their clients and consumers with more real estate information today than has ever been available.
 
"Further, the notion that innovation is spurred by providing real estate data to technology companies without any restrictions is simply erroneous. In fact, in most cases MLSs do not restrict listing data from third-party websites but instead leave the determination of what third-party listing websites will receive and display to the individual MLS participants whose listings are included in the MLS. Having one national property database with free and unrestricted access, as some envision, may be unrealistic, as this could lead to a degradation of information, or a tragedy of the commons, and others in the industry agree."
 
A decade-old decree between the DOJ and NAR that directs how listings are displayed by brokerages online expires in November. During the June workshop, NAR will demonstrate the competitiveness of real estate.
 
Johnson concluded the statement with:
 
"We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the competitiveness in real estate brokerage during the FTC and DOJ workshop process, and I can confirm that NAR has no plans to alter MLS policies mandating how property listings are displayed by online brokerages when the 2008 settlement agreement expires November 18, 2018."
 
Additionally, NAR called upon Frederik Flyer, an economist, to explain how the MLS works—now in available in a report, "Procompetitive Benefits of Policies Limiting Access to Local Multiple Listing Service Data."
 
The workshop is taking place on June 5.
 
For more information, please visit www.nar.realtor. " ["preview"]=> string(276) "
Ahead of a June U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) public workshop—in which the National Association" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "98746" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_05" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Home Spun Wisdom" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "98746" ["subject"]=> string(62) "Planning Your Spring 'To Do' List? Don't Forget to Go Outside!" ["authors"]=> string(13) "By John Voket" ["data"]=> string(2460) "I know it's warm and cozy doing your spring cleaning inside, but remember that spring cleaning plans should include a thorough walk around outside, as well.

The Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) in Minneapolis tells homeowners that an early inspection and maintenance of their property is extremely important to prevent risk. To assist in that, MMA has compiled a checklist of things to inspect each year:

Review the roof. The company suggests starting by inspecting your roof for broken or missing shingles and interior rafters for water stains. Most water stains will be found around or below an inadequately flashed chimney, skylight and other openings.

Gut the gutters. MMA says gutters are able to perform when kept clean, so remove dirt and debris from all gutters and downspouts.

Look at lights. Lighting maintenance includes inspecting street lights, outdoor light fixtures, and indoor common-area lighting to promote safety and security. Make sure lights are clean and void of any dust, dirt or salt, which can result in lost energy and money. If lights are burnt out, think about replacing them with high efficiency CFL or LED bulbs.

Don't miss the deck. When inspecting a deck or porch, look for peeling, splintering or rotting boards, and whether the wood is unprotected. If left unprotected, wood will soak up moisture and could lead to very serious damage. If a deck or porch needs to be resealed, clean it first with soap and water to clear off any mildew or mold, then after it is clean and dry, apply sealant, stain or paint.

Take care of trees. Remove dead wood and broken branches from trees or bushes. Replant shrubs, bushes and/or flowers that have worked their way out of the soil, and rake the ground.

Freshen with fertilizer. If necessary, add new soil, mulch and/or sod and lay fertilizer. Then, plant any new seeds or plants and implement a watering schedule.

Patch potholes. Finally, MMA says spring is a great time to repair cracks and potholes. First, determine the source of the issue so you can address and fix the root of the problem. It is always best to make these repairs as quickly as possible to prevent any type of hazardous conditions." ["preview"]=> string(451) "I know it's warm and cozy doing your spring cleaning inside, but remember that spring cleaning plans should include a thorough walk around outside, as well. The Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) in Minneapolis tells homeowners that an early inspection and maintenance of their" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "98597" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_06" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(17) "More News Stories" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "98597" ["subject"]=> string(49) "Report: Millennials Most Rent-Burdened Generation" ["authors"]=> string(16) "By Liz Dominguez" ["data"]=> string(3861) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: Each generation faces its own set of challenges. When it comes to home-buying, millennials are finding it difficult to reach their homeownership goal, which for many is a huge step in achieving the American Dream. High student loan debt is just one obstacle standing in the way, keeping millennials from saving enough money for a down payment—and the longer they wait, the more they fall behind with rising interest rates and home prices
 
But, with all the focus on homeownership, those who sign a lease every year tend to forget that they're spending a ton of cash on renting. Millennials are spending the most, according to a recent report by RentCafé, which analyzed each generation's total income and rent paid during an eight-year period—from 22 to 29 years of age—using Census data for single people paying the average monthly rent on their own. 
 
The findings? Millennials spend a whopping $92,600 on rent before they're even 30. Gen Xers spent $82,200 and baby boomers paid just $71,000. However, millennials may not be on top for long. Gen Z renters will spend an estimated $102,000 within that same age range, according to the report.
 

 
Of course, rising income plays a role too, having increased from a median of $195,700 for baby boomers to $202,100 for Generation X individuals and $206,600 for millennials aged 22 to 30. However, the small increase of $4,500 between median income for Generation Xers and millennials doesn't make up for the $10,400 increase in rent paid between the two generations.
 
There are also differences in spending within each generation. According to the report, younger millennials between 22 and 29 years of age have paid more in rent than those aged 30 to 40. Regardless of earning a higher income than older millennials, the younger segment paid $6,900 more in rent. According to the report, the recession and social factors are to blame for longer rental periods.
 
With so many funds going to rent, compounded with market challenges and high student loan debt, millennials are struggling to save for homeownership. Will future generations decide to stay at home with their parents longer to save on rent and achieve their homeownership dream?
 
View the full report. 
 
Liz Dominguez is RISMedia's associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com.
" ["preview"]=> string(470) "Each generation faces its own set of challenges. When it comes to home-buying, millennials are finding it difficult to reach their homeownership goal, which for many is a huge step in achieving the American Dream. High student loan debt is just one obstacle standing in the way, keeping millennials from saving enough" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "98612" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_06" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(17) "More News Stories" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "98612" ["subject"]=> string(46) "Top 10 Questions to Ask While Touring a Rental" ["authors"]=> string(16) "By Jameson Doris" ["data"]=> string(3822) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: Don't forget to ask the important questions when touring a rental property!
 
While these things can sometimes slip your mind, the perfect time for potential tenants to ask questions is when they have the property manager's undivided attention during a tour.
 
For first-time renters, it can be easy to forget these sorts of inquiries. Worse, many folks don't even know the right questions to ask.
 
"Potential tenants forget to take in their surroundings," says Lynn Edmondson, regional manager of Wendover Management. "The most common thing they overlook is checking cellphone reception. No one wants to move into an apartment to only discover there is no cell service."
 
Other little things people should take in while on a tour include how clean the building is and how they're treated by the property manager. First impressions can tell you a lot about what living at a particular property will be like, Edmondson notes.
 
But most important are the responses you get out of the property manager. Some questions should be knee-jerk, like asking which utilities are included. This is an important piece of information you should get out of the property manager early in the tour as some or all utilities may not be included in the price.
 
"When utilities are not included in rent, potential tenants should ask about average utility cost, as this may significantly change how much they will pay each month," says Edmondson.
 
While there's no shortage of questions you should ask when touring a rental property, many of them may not be as obvious as others. Here are the top 10 questions you should be asking:
 
10. What is the guest policy?
9. What are the hours of the apartment's facilities (pool, fitness center, etc.)?
8. Can I sublet or list my apartment on Airbnb?
7. How old is the AC unit in the building?
6. Can I decorate the apartment without losing my deposit?
5. Does the apartment require renter's insurance?
4. What happens when there's a maintenance problem?
3. Does the apartment allow pets? If so, is there a pet deposit?
2. Is the apartment offering any discounts or special offers?
1. Is there parking? Is there a fee or permit required?
 
There are some questions, especially those pertaining to damages and how to recoup your deposit, that property managers may be vague on. For the most part, though, they'll be straightforward about the different policies and amenities they have.
 
Next time you're touring a rental property, don't get too caught up in your surroundings, and be sure to ask some of the important questions listed above.
 
Jameson Doris is RISMedia's blog and social media editor. Email him your real estate news ideas at jdoris@rismedia.com" ["preview"]=> string(482) "Don't forget to ask the important questions when touring a rental property! While these things can sometimes slip your mind, the perfect time for potential tenants to ask questions is when they have the property manager's undivided attention during a tour. For first-time renters, it can be easy to" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "84727" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26499" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_11" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(6) "Footer" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "84727" ["subject"]=> string(0) "" ["authors"]=> string(0) "" ["data"]=> string(0) "" ["preview"]=> string(356) "RISMedia, publisher of Real Estate magazine, is the U.S. residential real estate industry's leading source for news, information, licensed content and events. To contact RISMedia please e-mail realestatemagazinefeedback@rismedia.com.

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Taming the Time Management Monster
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NAR: Competition in Real Estate 'Vigorous'

Ahead of a June U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) public workshop—in which the National Association...
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Planning Your Spring 'To Do' List? Don't Forget to Go Outside!
I know it's warm and cozy doing your spring cleaning inside, but remember that spring cleaning plans should include a thorough walk around outside, as well. The Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) in Minneapolis tells homeowners that an early inspection and maintenance of their...
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Report: Millennials Most Rent-Burdened Generation

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