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The Safe House

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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Lawrence Yun, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Lawrence Yun is the Chief Economist for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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John Drengenberg, Underwriters Laboratories

John Drengenberg is the Consumer Affairs Manager for Underwriters Laboratories, one of the biggest names in the world when it comes to product safety. John’s a good friend – he’s been on the show before and has over 40 years as an engineer with U-L and helping keep people safe.

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Peg Paul, National Fire Safety Coalition

Peg Paul represents The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the only national organization working exclusively to educate the public about the life-saving value of residential fire sprinkler systems.

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[Listener's Question] Home Inspections

A Listener’s Question.

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Storm Shelters

We wanted to talk about violent weather…and how some people have invested thousands to make sure they stay safe – when life-threatening storms hit.

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all experienced the frightening sensations of being in your home – when violent weather strikes.

Rain comes down in sheets. The wind starts howling. The sky turns dark. Then lightning strikes…so bright it’s blinding – followed by a what sounds like a massive explosion – a giant deafening CRACK of thunder from the heavens.

But, imagine if it didn’t stop there and instead, kept getting worse. Think what would happen if those wind gusts turned into a non-stop, force 5 tornado, or a category 5 Hurricane, so strong that it started tearing your home apart.

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Ivan Estrada, REALTOR®

Ivan Estrada is a REALTOR® working with Keller Williams Hollywood Hills in West Hollywood, California. Ivan is a recipient of the REALTOR® Magazine “30-Under-30” award, spotlighting some of the best and brightest up-and-coming REALTORS® across America.

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Dan DiClerico, Consumer Reports

Dan DiClerico is the Senior Home Editor at Consumer Reports Magazine. Formed as an independent, non-profit organization in 1936, Consumer Reports has helped consumers make informed decisions through unbiased testing, research and ratings for nearly eight decades.

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Anne Feder, 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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Laura Adams, InsuranceQuotes.com

Laura Adams is the Senior Insurance Analyst at InsuranceQuotes.com. Laura advises consumers every day on how to make smart decisions concerning all kinds of insurance products. She’s also the author of the award-winning book, MONEY GIRL’S SMART MOVES TO GROW RICH, and hosts the popular Money Girl Podcast on iTunes.

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3 ‘Off’ Switches That Can Save You From Disaster

We’ve been looking at potential problems – and solutions – when it comes to safety in your home.

We’ve looked at everything from a short in an electric line – to a tornado bearing down. And we hope we’ve helped, in some small way, to put a few ideas, in your home safety tool box. Because whether you’re buying a home, selling a home, or staying right where you are for a good long time – safety’s important for everyone.

And as we’ve learned, safety is all about preparation. So as we wrap up today’s show we wanted to talk about one last part – of your safety plan. One that’s so simple – you might forget about it.

And I’m talking about how to pull what we’ll call – the kill switch.

That’s right – the kill switch. And by that, we mean the one switch that can shut down all the electricity in your home. And also, the lever that cuts off all the natural gas lines. And the valve that completely shuts off the water, everywhere in your house.

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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to take a look at the latest real estate figures from across the country.

Today we’ll be looking at the latest Existing Home Sales report released this week by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the month of June.

The 2014 real estate market has really started to pick up some steam as we’ve been enjoying the warmer months. We’ve seen Existing Home Sales rise on the rise and we’ve also seen inventory start to increase. And June brought some even better news.

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