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    Top News Of The Week

    - Foreclosure Inventory Plummets
    - Housing Doing “Pretty Darn Well”
    - Renting is Very Pricey
    - Jobs May Give Real Estate a Boost
    - No Mortgage Rate Hikes Anytime Soon
    - Rebound in Housing Optimism
    - The ‘Untapped Potential’ in Housing
    - Home Theaters Make a Comeback
    - Income Growth is good for Real Estate
    - 3D Home Tours Gain Popularity

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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 August sales of existing homes by price category.

    August showed quite a slow down when it came to sales in many price categories across the country. But we still saw homes priced above $1,000,000, showing some year over year growth. But overall in August of this year we saw sales fairly consistent except at the lower end of the market. August saw the middle of the market holding the steadiest. It was in that range of the market from the $250,000 to $500,000 mark, where we saw the least amount of movement.

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    How to Find “The Right REALTOR®”

    We’re going to raise the bar on some advice we give you from time to time. And that is, how to find a REALTOR®. If you listen to the show on a regular basis, you’ve heard us talk about that. And you’ve probably heard our recommendations: start with family, friends and co-workers, and find out which REALTOR® they worked with.

    Or, drive around the neighborhood where you want buy a place – and look for the signs. If you see ‘for sale,’ ‘under contract,’ or ‘sold’ signs…’ just write down the agent’s names. Those people work in the neighborhood, and that’s a good place to start.

    Or, if you’re moving a long distance, ask the REALTOR® who’s helping you sell your current place, to introduce you to a REALTOR® in the area you’re heading to. They’ll be glad to help.

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    What’s the Significance?

    We’ve been talking about the professional designations and certifications REALTORS® can obtain. As we’ve said, these go way beyond the requirements for just getting a real estate license. They’re specialized credentials, which help REALTORS® reach the highest level of professionalism.

    So we’re going to wrap up today’s show by looking at a big question: why do REALTORS® go for these designations and certifications?

    I mean, these real estate professionals already have their licenses. And as long as they’re part of a bona-fide real estate brokerage, they can start working with buyers and sellers right away. Why go the extra mile, to get all these credentials?

    Especially since these designations and certifications don’t come easy. Every one of them starts with a fee, which can be hundreds of dollars. The REALTOR® pays that up front. And many of the credentials require annual fees also – to maintain the designation or certification. But money – is not their only investment.

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    Segments For October 11th 2014


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      Critter Control

      Top News Of The Week

      - New Home Sales Soar
      - High Hopes for Home Values
      - Mortgage Credit is THIS Hard to Access
      - Major Strides in Home Equity
      - Demand for Housing Spikes
      - Home Values Become More ‘Normal’
      - Making Homeownership Accessible
      - How Renters Feel About Home Ownership
      - Housing Powers Financial Confidence
      - When Mortgage Rates Rise

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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 dig down into at the most recent existing home sales report from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

      This week we’re going to dip into the existing home sales numbers, looking at the condo and co-op market to see what effect it had on the housing numbers we saw in August.

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      How Do These Critters Get Inside?

      It’s a timely show, since in many parts of the country – temperatures are dropping. And as they do, many animals that live in the wild – would rather live in your house! And why not? It’s warm, it’s dry, and chances are, they’ll find plenty to eat. For them? It’s a great deal!

      For us – not so great. Considering that they can really do some damage, and really create health hazards as well.

      That’s why, every year around this time, homeowners work hard to make sure their property is sealed up. Because wildlife can enter your home in more ways than you can imagine.

      According to the Humane Society of the United States, critters are on the lookout for entrances. We have to get rid of those openings, otherwise we are rolling out the red carpet.

      So, let’s talk about how to find all the ways animals get inside – and seal them up..

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      When Civilization and Animals Collide

      It seems that every few days, we open the paper, or turn on the news, and there’s another story about wild animals – and civilization – coming face to face. The headlines tell the story:

      Just this past August: “Bears on the Loose in New Jersey Neighborhoods”

      Last July, in Upstate New York: “Moose meanders through Queensbury neighborhoods.”

      Last February near San Francisco: “Two Bobcat Sightings in Neighborhoods prompt warnings El Cerrito from Police.”

      And just this week? Near Boston: “Coyotes near West Bridgewater school put police on alert.”

      But unfortunately, they’re not JUST wild animal – sightings.

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      Segments For October 4th 2014


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