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Segments For July 19th 2014


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    Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
    The Standard of Practice for Home Inspections and Code of Ethics

    Top News Of The Week

    - Citicorp: $7B Mortgage Settlement
    - Delicate Balance for Housing Recovery
    - States Reach Home Value Highs
    - Rents Rise…Again
    - Fascinating Housing Market Flourishes
    - Potential Home Sellers May Act
    - Housing Benefits From Rent Demand
    - The Mortgage Lender Pregnancy Problem
    - The VA Home Loan Turns 70
    - Housing Markets With Millionaires

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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 digging further into the most recent Existing Home Sales report from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, concentrating on May sales of existing homes by price category.

    May showed many drop offs when it came to sales in many price categories across the country. But for homes priced above $1,000,000, we saw some year over year growth. It was in the lower ranges of the market up to the $250,000 mark, where we saw the biggest drops. The declines began to level off for homes in the brackets between $250,000 and $1,000,000.

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    What’s Up with P-M-I?

    Buying a home can be one of the most exciting times in our lives. But when asked, most Americans say one of the biggest hurdles they face in the pursuit of the American Dream of Home Ownership is saving up for a down payment. According to the most recent data from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the median existing home price in the United States today is over $200,000. Think about it. That means for a typical homebuyer putting 20% down, you need to save up more than $40,000.

    But there are lots of homeowners who obtain mortgages with less than TWENTY percent down thanks to Mortgage Insurance. Also known as Private Mortage Insurance, or even Lenders Mortgage insurance. But whatever name you use – one thing is clear: mortgage insurance has helped millions of homeowners achieve their dreams. So, how can you put it to work for you?

    Well, let’s start with the big ideas, what mortgage insurance is, who it protects, and who pays for it.

    Mortgage Insurance is a policy that protects the lender should you default on your mortgage payments. And even though it protects the lender, it’s you – the borrower – who has to pay the bill.

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    Top Mortgage Strategies

    I’d like to ask you a question. Have you ever experienced – the one that got away? And, no, I’m not talking about fish stories. Rather, I’m talking about real estate opportunities.

    Many of us have. The one opportunity that fell right into our lap…one that looked really good…but one that we decided NOT to take. An opportunity that now – years later, we literally KICK ourselves for passing up. Ever have one of those?

    Well, I mention that – because one of those amazing opportunities is out there, right now. One that’s available to just about everybody. And maybe you, too. And I’m talking about – today’s historically low interest rates.

    Remember all that doom and gloom about mortgage interest rates rising this year? There was a lot of buzz about it. What will the Federal Reserve do? What WON’T it do? It was enough to make the average homebuyer weak in the knees.

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    Segments For July 12th 2014


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      THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
      HouseLogic.com
      REALTOR®.com
      Carrier Air Conditioning

      Top News Of The Week

      - Home Values Jump Again
      - The “Key” To Housing Recovery
      - App Helps With Home Affordability
      - Feds Try to Limit Foreclosures
      - US Bank Settles
      - New Home Sales Soar
      - Regulating Real Estate Drones
      - The Housing Recovery Kings
      - Home Loan Lenders Look to Rents

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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 dig further into those existing home sales numbers, concentrating on the condo and co-op market to see how that important sector has influenced the housing numbers we saw in May.

      But just so we have a frame of reference, let’s recap what we saw in overall existing home sales. Existing Home Sales rose strongly in May compared to April, that’s the best gain we’ve seen this year and it was certainly a welcome sight. They were down from the same time last year but things are starting to pick up after a sluggish start to the year. We also saw inventory continue its rise and that’s something we haven’t seen for a long, long time. This is great news as it will give buyers more to choose from and hopefully bring some more stability to the market.

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      A History of Air Conditioning

      So here’s a question for you.

      Right now, as you listen to the show – are you someplace – that’s air conditioned? You house, your car, maybe even your office?

      Well, if so, good move. Because all over the country, as the temperatures start to creep higher and higher, summer CAN become a muggy, sticky, sweaty, humid and downright MISERABLE time of year. It can weigh us down and take away our energy.

      Except for good old AC. You might say air conditioning becomes one of our best friends. It brings us so much cool comfort, as the crisp, chilly breeze pushes through our homes. Gotta love that.

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      Fans of Fans

      We’ve talked about all kinds of ways to stay cool this summer. And OK, we have to admit – air conditioning is, well, the king of cool. Nothing’s quite like it.

      But we’ve also talked about alternatives. That don’t cost as much to run, and that do a pretty good job of keeping you, and your house cool.

      So let’s wrap up today’s show by talking about one of the best alternatives out there. One that goes WAY back in history…yet, one that most of us still use every day. One that helped people all over the nation – and the world – survive….before air conditioning was around.

      And we’re talking about something very simple. The everyday, ordinary FAN.

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      Segments For July 5th 2014


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        The Harry S. Truman Little White House
        HomeFireSprinkler.org

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