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    Top News Of The Week

    - Consumer Optimism Drives Housing Market
    - Cities Growing Faster
    - Good Walls Make Good Neighbors
    - Spring Markets Heating Up
    - Property Taxes Steepest for High End and Low End Homes
    - Bidding Wars Here to Stay?
    - Low Mortgage Rates Lead to Higher Prices
    - Conditions Favor Millenials’ Entry into Housing Market
    - Buyers Camp Out for New Homes
    - Remodeling Rebounds

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    Local Market Conditions

    It’s time to take look at the latest real estate facts and figures from across the country.

    This week we’re going to go further into the most recent Existing Home Sales report from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, concentrating on January sales of existing homes by price category.

    January showed a disappointing downturn in existing home sales overall on a month to month basis.

    But the Pending Home Sales Report, which looks ahead to future home sales, told a different story. Pending Home Sales surged ahead to their highest level in 18 months.

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    Decisions, Decisions

    Let’s focus on your priorities when you decide to buy a home. You have heard this phrase before: “Location, Location, Location.” When home buyers make a purchase offer, they and their REALTOR® have analyzed a lot of different factors including the house itself and the location of the home. While you can always make changes to a house you own, you can’t really change your home’s location. OK…mobile home owners can, but for the rest of us? Well, unless you are prepared to jack up your house and load it on the back of a semi-trailer truck, you need to understand the importance of the neighborhood you choose.

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    Working with a REALTOR®

    If YOU are planning on buying your first house – or your twentieth – in today’s red-hot spring market.

    We’d like to wrap up today’s show by talking about one very big part of the real estate buying experience. And that is, the team you put together. Now, if you need a mortgage, you’ll need a lender who can walk you through your choices. If you’re making an offer, you’ll also need to follow up with a home inspector, to make sure the house is solid. You’ll also need a settlement attorney, to handle the legal transfer of property from the seller – to you! And at the center of that team, is someone else – someone who has a deep understanding of your local market; who is a skilled negotiator; who can manage and oversee the other members of the team; and can ensure everyone is operating in a fair and ethical manner. And that team member is your REALTOR®

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    Segments For March 14th 2015


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      Top News Of The Week

      - Rent Payments May Help Credit Scores
      - New Home Sales a Mixed Bag
      - Millennials Face Favorable Housing Environment
      - The Future of Housing: Gen Z
      - Test Drive Your House
      - Inventory Shortages Hamper Some Markets
      - Job Creation Fuels Housing Market
      - Home Owners Can Create No-Fly Zones
      - Are Entry Level Homes Becoming Extinct?
      - Top Towns for Home Affordability

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      Local Market Conditions

      It’s time to continue our look at the latest facts and figures from across the country as we look at the most recent existing home sales report from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

      This week we’re going to research the existing home sales numbers for information about the condo and co-op market in January.

      Existing Home Sales experienced a decline in January on a month to month basis. But despite this setback they remained more than 3% ahead of January 2014’s numbers.

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      Finding a REALTOR®

      We’re dedicating an entire program to help you prepare for the busiest real estate season of the year. How busy? Well, experts predict that the Spring Market in 2015 could be the hottest housing market since the recession.

      So if you’re looking to buy, or sell a home in the next three months, you’ll need to be ready to go. And right now we wanted to talk about one of the first steps in the process – finding a REALTOR®.

      Now of course, if you already have a REALTOR®, someone you worked in the past, and you’re buying or selling in the same area, well then, you’re all done. You can just give your REALTOR® a call and talk about what you have in mind, for the spring market. They’ll be glad to help.

      But – what if you’re brand new to the area? Or you’re a first-time home buyer? Either way, you won’t have a track record with a REALTOR® already. You’re starting from scratch. So what’s the best way for YOU to find a REALTOR®?

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      Getting Ready to Buy or Sell

      We are talking about the “The Spring Market”, and what a market this will be.
      What the Indianapolis 500 is to car racing: The Spring Market is all that and more – to Home Buyers and Sellers across America.

      So let’s wrap up today’s show with a little pep talk. Designed to help you start your engines, blow away the competition and cross the finish line first – - as the winner in the transaction you do, this spring.

      Let’s start with all you buyers out there. Many buyers, especially first-time home buyers, need information – and a lot of it., You want to know about neighborhoods, prices, and mortgages, and you want to know how much house you can afford. So sure, go ahead and search for all that information on the internet. That’s where most buyers start. You’ll find plenty of information online. But – most buyers THEN realize they need to be working with a pro – and so, they call a real estate agent.

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      Segments For March 7th 2015


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