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Segments For August 22nd 2015

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    Top News Of The Week

    - EHS Up
    - Housing Leads Consumer Sentiment Index
    - Builder Confidence Soars
    - More than Half of Americans Are Likely to Buy a Home Soon
    - Headlines Cause Homeowners to Overvalue
    - Housing Stock Aging
    - EHS Up
    - Higher Mortgage Rates Will Still be Below Normal
    - How Long to Build a Home
    - Credit Unions Increase Share of Mortgage Market

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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 look at home prices using the most recent data from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the 2nd QUARTER of 2015.

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    Safety and Security

    We’re going to take a look at some of the last experts in the line…team members who will use their unique skills right AFTER closing…and we’re talking about your very own home security professionals.

    So let’s think about the settlement table. The deal is done and you get the keys to your new home. Exciting! And we know – all you want to do is drive on over there, walk inside and start making that house a home.

    But before you do? Make one call first, OK? And that call is to a locksmith.

    That’s right. The very first call you should make every time you buy a home is to a locksmith.

    Take a moment to think about it. The folks who sold that house might have lived there what, 5, 10, maybe 15 years or more! And over that period of time, chances are they handed out some keys. To their kids. To the housekeeper. The dog-walker, the contractor – you name it. So – do you want to move in, and lock up at night, knowing that any one of them might be able to just walk right in?

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    Would You Hire them Again?

    We’ve been looking at how to hire your very own team of real estate professionals – to help your deal happen the right way.

    But you know – once that deal is done, and you’ve bought a house, sold a house, or both – don’t toss those business cards! Because it’s quite possible that once you’ve assembled that talented team, you might need to use them again! If you decide to invest, or move, or trade up.

    So let’s look at that question. Would you hire your Real Estate Dream Team – again?

    Well, of course, if they did a great job, and you were happy with the result, sure you would. Case closed.

    But…there’s always room for improvement. And if some parts of the transaction weren’t up to snuff – then perhaps you’d want to try out a new professional the next time around. But just remember, some things are within the control of your team, some things aren’t. OK?

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    Segments For August 15th 2015

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      Top News Of The Week

      - Home Prices Up
      - Millennials Buying Homes
      - Remodeling Boom
      - Easiest Housing Markets for Buyers
      - Three Percent Mortgages “Off to a Good Start”
      - eClosings Urged
      - Feds Signal Rate Increase
      - Housing Markets Continue to Improve
      - Houses in Short Supply
      - Foreclosures Drop Again

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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 June.

      Existing Home Sales experienced a big upturn in June on a month to month basis. AND when we look at it from a year to year perspective they were almost 10% ahead of June 2014’s numbers.

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      To Take – or NOT to Take

      We wanted to talk about one of the most confusing, most emotional, and most divisive issues facing everyone who sells a home. And that is?

      “Do we get to take the flat-screen TV?’

      You see, every house if full of things. Shades and curtains. Kitchen appliances. Flat-screen TVs, and more. And sometimes when you move out – you want to bring it all with you. Or, at least some of it. But whether you can – or you cannot – depends on a couple of key questions – What? And When? So let’s look at both of those questions – the what, and the when…starting with the what.

      It’s pretty clear to both sides of the deal, that when you sell your home you’re selling the house but not your personal property. No buyer would ever expect you to leave your dishes or your dog. But they completely expect you to leave the dishwasher and the doors!

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      How To Sell Your House While You’re Still Living There

      We’re going to tackle a real-life issue – one that first time sellers need to know about – and one that affects everyone sells a home. And we’re talking how to live in your house – every day – while it’s for sale.

      It can take 11 weeks to sell a home, according to national averages. During that time, a lot of prospective buyers may be coming in and out your door. And your home only has one chance to make a first impression.

      Is it possible to keep the house perfectly clean and shining 24/7 while you’re still living, sleeping and eating there? Never a dirty dish? Or a cluttered countertop? And every faucet sparkling and shiny?

      Sure it is! It’s not only possible – it’s wonderful! Because you get to live in this gorgeous place!

      But to make that happen, you need a system for cleaning, straightening up and then leaving – before every buyer walks in.

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