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The Year Ahead

Real Estate Today opens doors for buyers and sellers with critical and credible information on the real estate market. It’s fast paced and fact packed with experts, interviews, call-ins, field reports, and timely market conditions.

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Jerry Giovaniello, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Jerry Giovaniello is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and the Chief Lobbyist of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Jerry manages NAR’s government affairs staff in Washington, DC.

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Elizabeth Mendenhall, REALTOR®

Elizabeth Mendenhall is the CEO of RE/MAX-Boone Realty in Columbia, Missouri. She was the 2010 President of the Missouri Association of REALTORS®, and is currently NAR’s Regional Vice President for the states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Elizabeth is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, an Accredited Buyer Representative, and a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, among the numerous NAR designations she holds.

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Ken Harney, The Nation’s Housing

Ken Harney is the author of the award-winning, nationally syndicated column “The Nation’s Housing.” Ken is also a past member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council, and author of two books on mortgage finance and real estate.

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Sarah Susanka, The Not-So-Big House

Sarah Susanka is the best-selling author of The Not So Big House and many other books as well. Sarah’s “Not So Big” attitude is not only about architecture, but life goals as well, stressing quality rather than quantity when it comes to the square footage in homes. Sarah’s a licensed architect and Builder Magazine distinguishes her as one of the 30 most notable innovators in the housing industry.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners and Sellers

Now that we’re getting near the end of 2014, your mind may be turning to New Year’s Resolutions. So – what’s yours? Losing weight? Saving more money?

They’re all good ideas…maybe hard to keep….but still, good ideas. But we thought we’d wrap up both hours of today’s show with another good idea: An entire set – of Real Estate Resolutions – which could help make 2015 the best year ever for you – whether you’re a buyer, a seller or a homeowner who’s in it for the long run. Ten resolutions – five now, and five at the end of our next hour.
OK? Let’s start with resolutions for home owners – including people who might be thinking about selling their home.

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Gerri Detweiler, Credit.com

Gerri Detweiler is the Director of Consumer Education at Credit.com. Gerri’s also an author who’s written extensively on budgeting, debt recovery and consumer savings information.

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David McKee, REALTOR®

David McKee is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker One in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. David’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and he currently serves as the Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of Texas and Louisiana.

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Christina Hoffman, HouseLogic.com

HouseLogic.com is a free source of information and tools—from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® — that can help you make smart and timely decisions about your home.

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Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac

Frank Nothaft is Freddie Mac’s Vice President and Chief Economist. Dr. Nothaft is an expert on housing and economic issues and is responsible for research, analysis and forecasting of the housing and mortgage markets for Freddie Mac. He’s a past president and current Board Member of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Real Estate Research Institute.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Buyers

We’re getting to that time of year when people think about their New Year’s Resolutions. You know – lose 10 pounds, save ten grand – we all have our own individual resolutions.

But if you listened to our last hour, you’ll know we started a special list of resolutions -just for real estate. Five resolutions for home owners and sellers. So now? We’re going to finish up today’s show with five more real estate resolutions – and these are for home buyers. The people whose New Year’s resolution is to become a homeowner in 2015. Or, if they’re already homeowners – people who plan to sell their current home, and get another one, or even buy a second home in the coming year.

You never know! Making these resolutions on New Year’s Day might just lead to “Settlement Day” in 2015.

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Top News Of The Week

- Home Prices at 73 Month High
- Housing Recovery Isn’t Slowing
- Popularity of Townhouses on the Rise
- Healthy Home Sales Forecast for 2015
- Buying Back Foreclosed Homes
- More Mortgage Activity
- Key to Housing is Vibrant Economy
- Spike in Luxury Home Sales
- Uptick in Sales of New Homes
- Smaller Homes = Good for First Timers

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

October showed improvement when it came to sales in many price categories across the country. But it was homes priced above $1,000,000, showing the strongest year over year growth. Overall in October of this year we saw sales up in every category except at the lower end of the market. October saw the middle of the market posting solid gains. It was in that range of the market from the $250,000 to the $1,000,000 mark, where we saw DOUBLE DIGIT growth.

So let’s see how those numbers play out when we break them down by price category.

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