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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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      Top News Of The Week

      - News Corp takes over MOVE, Inc.
      - Big Rise in Home Builder Confidence
      - Student Debt’s Impact on Housing
      - Owning a Home Is ‘Attainable Dream’
      - Where to Find Mortgage Discounts
      - News Corp takes over MOVE, Inc.
      - Net Worth of Households Hits New High
      - The Latest Home Design Trends
      - A Mortgage Pregnancy Problem
      - The Allure of the Smart Home

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      Local Market Conditions

      It’s time to take a look at the latest facts and figures from across the country from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

      This week saw the release of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® Pending Home Sales report for the month of August. We had seen some great figures over the warmer months as Pending Home Sales climbed nationwide. July was another great month but how did we fare in August?

      Well, after a good run, we saw Pending Home Sales ease off just slightly in August dropping just 1% from the month of July. But not to worry, NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says contract signings are still holding steady and this slight blip could be just due to fewer distressed sales and less investor activity.

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      How Long Do Things Last?

      Ever think about exactly what a home inspector really does?

      They save you money. Yep. That’s their number one job. If you are buying a place, they’ll identify all the problems it may have – problems which will cost money to fix. Your money.

      And they do it two ways. One, is to identify problems that exist right now. Like a short in a light switch.

      The other way they save you money – is to estimate the life-span of major, expensive components in your house. They’ll tell you when something’s new, and has years of service left…and also, when something is old…and will probably stop working someday soon. It help, because with that knowledge you will know what is likely to cost you money in the near future.

      Maybe it’s a refrigerator from the 1980s. Or the 20-year roof of a house that’s been battered with severe weather, but STILL looks pretty good. All the features of a home have a lifespan. AND, it helps to know what those lifespans are.

      Let’s talk about how long things in your house- are expected to last.

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      The House – Human

      Let’s wrap up with a quick question – about you and your health: ever feel that tingle in your throat – and think – oh no! Here it comes.

      Then, as the day goes on, it starts to hurt. Your voice gets scratchy. You cough. You wipe the sweat from your forehead. Then comes that awful realization – oh no.

      You’re officially sick.

      It’s time for a round of chicken soup, aspirin and bed rest.

      Our lives can involve a lot of hard work, and we wear our bodies down. It stands to reason that every once in a while, we need to stop and recharge our batteries.

      And you know what? Our homes are no different.

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      Segments For September 27th 2014


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