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Segments For June 27th 2015


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    Top News Of The Week

    - EHS Up
    - Building Permits Show Record Growth
    - Underwater Owners Breaking the Surface
    - Corner Offices Cut Back
    - Consumers Confused
    - Mortgage Lenders Confident
    - EHS Up
    - Down Payments Dropping
    - California to Repay Fund for Troubled Homeowners
    - Canadians Lose Foreign Buying Crown

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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 affordability using recent data from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the month of April.

    NAR’s Home Affordability Index measures the ability of a typical buyer to purchase an existing home at the national median price using a 20% down payment. The median is the price point at which half of the homes sold for more and half for less. The Home Affordability Index declined on both a month to month and a year to year basis. Even though we experienced a year over year drop in mortgage interest rates, home prices increased enough in April to make it more expensive to buy a home.

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    Yes, That Business Started Here

    You know, we’re looking at a lot of things. Including – how people can make the best use of their garage.

    For some people? It’s all about just parking their cars. For others, though…the garage is much more than that. It represents valuable extra space…in which people expand their family rooms, kitchens…and home offices.

    That’s right. Home offices. Over the years, many people who dreamed of creating a business, a product, or a service, took the very first steps towards making that dream come true – right out in the garage.

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    Closets!

    So here’s a question. When friends and family come to your house for a visit, what part of your place do you like to show off?

    Living room…check.

    Kitchen…check.

    Great room…check.

    But…how often do you lead the tour right into one of your – closets?

    Well, there would be PLENTY to see…hangers jam packed with clothes, overstuffed shelves, golf clubs and muddy boots. Who would want to let anybody see that? No wonder it’s not part of the big house tour.

    But it doesn’t have to be that way. And right now we’re going to talk about how to turn that around. So that your closets – can go from ugly duckling to swan…and become the absolute BEST places in your house. The first stop on your next house tour.

    OK, not really.

    But – we do have some ideas about how to make them a whole lot better. And for many of us, that’s a pretty good place to start.

    Think about it. Your closets are probably among the most important places of your home.

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    Top News Of The Week

    - Fannie: Jobs Driving Housing
    - Smoke: Negative Outlook for Housing Unfounded
    - Reverse Mortgages Confuse the Elderly
    - Renters More Bullish Than Owners
    - Top Ten Small Towns
    - Buyers Confused About Credit Scores
    - Homes Selling Faster Giving Sellers More Choices
    - 2016 On Track for Record Year
    - Loans to First Time Buyers Up
    - Distressed Sales Down

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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 beginning of 2015.

    According to the 1st QUARTER METRO HOME PRICES REPORT from NAR, increased buyer demand coupled with low levels of housing inventory pushed home prices up in the first quarter of 2015. Looking at 174 metropolitan regions, we saw price increases in 85% of the regions measured. And in 51 metropolitan areas, we saw an annual increase in double digits. That’s more than double the number of housing markets that experienced the same kind of big price jumps in the last quarter of 2014. Now obviously, price increases help homeowners, and home seller – but buyers? Many of them, especially first time home buyers are feeling the squeeze.

    NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discussed how price increases affect first-time buyers.

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    Register for a House!

    We’re going to talk about a really interesting development in real estate…something that’s very new…and something that happens in summer – more than any other time.

    Ready?

    OK. We’re talking about summer brides and grooms registering – for a down payment on a house.

    That’s right. They announce their engagement. They set the date. And then they register – for wedding guests to make cash donations to their down payment fund. Saying thanks, but no thanks, to traditional wedding gifts, like kitchen appliances, monogrammed towels, and pots and pans.

    Those traditional wedding registries? Might be kind of old fashioned. They started out in an era when many young people left home for the first time when they got married…so they didn’t have any appliances, towels or cookware. So the wedding gifts helped them start their new life as a couple.

    But now? With people typically getting married at age 27 for women and 29 for men, most young people already have all that stuff…the coffee makers, the toaster ovens, and the fondue pot. OK, well, maybe not the fondue pot.

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    Staying Cool

    We’re talking about “The Summer Market” and that means not only summer fun, but also ways to enjoy the summer…without losing your cool!

    I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember the days before air conditioning. It didn’t really take hold until about the late 1950′s, and early 60’s.

    If you do, you’ll remember that before AC, summertime meant slowing down. Slowing down your day. Slowing down physical activity. Slowing down your work.

    Families relaxed on their shady front porches sipping lemonade or iced tea, take an afternoon nap with a fan running, and the might spend the night on a sleeping porch. That’s right – a sleeping porch! A screened-in porch up on the second floor – where they’d sleep at night, when the inside of the house was like an oven.

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