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Segments For April 12th, 2014


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    Top News Of The Week

    - 96% Of Housing Markets Are Better Off
    - Housing Recovery Beginning to Even Out
    - Leasing Becomes Popular For Mansion Owners
    - Most Popular Features In New Homes
    - Homebuyer Dilemma: New Or Existing?
    - Home Sale Bounce Expected
    - How Jobs Will Affect Housing
    - Foreclosures Continue On The Right Path
    - Baby Boomers Search For Dream Home
    - Projects That Will Add Home Value

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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 February sales of existing homes by price category.

    In February we saw increases in sales in most price categories across the country, but we did see a significant drop off at the lower end of the market. What could be causing that? We’re still seeing very low inventory across the country, particularly in those lower brackets. The good news is that once again, we have seen increased sales in the more expensive price categories.

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    The Money

    We’re going to talk about something HUGE…something everyone asks about, thinks about and want to know about. And that is?

    “The Money.”

    Now, obviously, since the buyer is buying and the seller is selling, most of the expenses will fall on the buyer. Most, but not all.

    So let’s talk about the money involved when you make an offer on a house. And here’s one heads-up: if you’re the buyer, you might just need a brand new, completely fresh checkbook!

    Only kidding.

    OK, here we go.

    Let’s start with the buyer.

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    Hey, We All Want The Same Thing, Right?

    We wanted to talk about a basic reality of real estate buying and selling. Something that is so fundamental, we often lose sight of it. An important reality – that’s easy to forget, as we negotiate over price, contingencies, settlement dates and that A/C unit that just keeps on dripping.

    And that is: we all want the same thing.

    The buyer wants to buy the house. The seller wants to sell the house. That simple fact – is often lost in the shuffle.

    But it can be a very powerful element in a home sale – one that can help keep the deal on track. We all want the same thing.

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    Segments For April 5th, 2014


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      THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
      HouseLogic.com
      REALTOR®.com
      StagedHomes.com

      Top News Of The Week

      - Home Inventories Are Improving
      - Home Lending Activity Boosts Recovery
      - Lenders Respond To Housing Competition
      - Home Designs Create Happiness
      - Highest Homeownership Rates
      - 2014 = Prosperous Year For Real Estate
      - Teen Predicts Mortgage Trends with Google
      - Borrowers Focus More On Mortgage Payments
      - Home Buyers Attracted To Certain Scents
      - Housing Markets With Best Downtown Areas

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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 February.

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      How Can A Neighbor Help?

      We’ve all heard the expression – “What are friends for?”
      It’s what you say when you go out of your way to give someone a hand because they need a favor.

      The thing is, during real estate transactions, even a small favor can be a BIG help. And in many cases, when selling a home, those favors, and that help…comes from your neighbors.

      They can be your best allies as you begin the home selling process.

      You might want to begin with the news itself – that you’re moving. And why.

      And then give them a timetable, about when your house will go on the market, so they won’t be surprised when the ‘for sale’ sign goes out front.

      And then, be up front…and ask them if they could help. If they can do you a favor or two. They might not know they can – and you can expect them to say ‘but what can I do?’

      Well, they can help more than they know. Here are five favors your neighbors can do for you during the spring selling season.

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      Managing Expectations

      We wanted to take a look at what to expect when you actually decide to sell. It can be quite a rollercoaster ride, but its easier to deal with, if you know what’s coming.

      OK? Let’s start with decision to sell your home.

      You might get butterflies in your stomach when you COMMIT, and the adrenaline starts pumping.

      You get out your calculator, and ask yourself – I wonder how much money I can make when I sell?

      It’s naturally an exciting time for a homeowner – you’re ready to start a new chapter in your life and selling your house will help you get there. The market’s hot, prices are up, there are plenty of buyers out there – it’s a great feeling. So, enjoy it!

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      Segments For March 29th, 2014


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