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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.

Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics

Mark Zandi is the Chief Economist for Moody’s. As someone who directs and works with real estate research every day, he’s a trusted name on the national economic front. Mark serves as an adviser to policymakers, and often testifies before Congress on fiscal challenges and the economic outlook.

Barbara Mills, REALTOR®

Barbara Mills is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Realty One from Inverness, Florida and a 2015 Good Neighbor Award finalist. Barbara is the founder of Operation Welcome Home and she’s raised more than $200,000 to hold welcome-home parties for returning service personnel. As a military mother, Barbara knows first-hand the sacrifice soldiers and their families make to serve in the war on terror. She’s been a REALTOR® for 26 years.

Kris Furrow, REALTOR®

Kris Furrow is a REALTOR® and Broker with Redfin Real Estate in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2013 chair of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Young Professionals Network for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Kris is a Certified Residential Specialist and has earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS® for 3 of the last 4 years.

Curt Sumner, National Society of Professional Surveyors

Curt Sumner is the Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. And, as you might expect, Curt is also a surveyor himself, licensed in Virginia and Maryland.

Block Parties

One of the best things about getting to know your neighbors is the opportunity to build lifelong friendships with people who look out for you and your family and share in the goal of making your community a great place to live.

Getting to know your neighbors in a positive way can take a little time, so whether you are the new kids on the block or have been ensconced in your home for decades and want to welcome the newbies on your street or in your building, a great place to start is to throw a block party. And you know what, you don’t have to live on traditional neighborhood bock to have block party. Whether your party is on a cul-de-sac or the rooftop deck of a condominium high rise there is great fun to be had establishing s special day for you and your neighbors to share fun and family activities.

Maybe your community already has a great tradition of throwing an annual block party or celebrating the Fourth of July or Halloween together – in which case it would be great to become an active participant in planning the celebration. If your street doesn’t have a block party tradition or no one knows each other very well, you can start that tradition yourself. Not only will you get to know your neighbors in a friendly, positive way, but you could start a pattern of community involvement that’s good for you, your kids, your neighbors and your home value.

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Jed Smith is Director of Quantitative Research for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Steve Seidl, REALTOR®

Steve Seidl is a REALTOR® with Seidl and Associates, a division of ShoreWest REALTORS® in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Steve is a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager and a Certified Commercial Investment Member… and perhaps even more importantly for us today, Steve is the Board President of the Miracle League of Green Bay.

Brad Heckman, New York Peace Institute

Brad Heckman is the CEO of New York Peace Institute, one of the nation’s largest community mediation centers with headquarters in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Each year the Institute helps more than 10,000 people peacefully resolve their conflicts. Brad’s also an Adjunct Professor at New York University, and serves on the board of the National Association for Community Mediation.

Christina Hoffmann, 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.

Crazy Neighbor Lawsuits

So how are your neighbors? Wonderful? Well, if so, you can consider yourself to be lucky. Because not everyone can say that…in fact sometimes neighbors disagree.,..and sometimes those disagreements end up – right smack in the courthouse.

And it’s not just the big things. Like when the neighbor builds something on your property. No, sometimes it’s the little things – that cause big lawsuits.

In Hawaii, there’s the case of neighbor suing neighbor over – bees. Or more specifically – bee stings! According to the website ‘The Garden Isle,’ a man in Kauai claims he was stung twice and rushed to the hospital. He blames his neighbor’s bees, and filed a $5000 lawsuit. Now, the neighbor DOES have hives out back – but he claims it’s a case of mistaken identity. He says his bees were safely inside of their own hives, minding their own business, when the bee stings happened…and he claims that OTHER bees are to blame. That case is still pending.

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Top News Of The Week

- Stock Market Drop Doesn’t Affect Housing
- Pending Home Sales Up
- New Home Sales Up
- New Construction Orders Grow
- Boomerang Buyers Back
- Pending Home Sales Up
- Cash Sales Down
- Housing Leads Economy
- Single Family Housing Starts Up
- Foreign Investment Hits Record High

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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to take a look at the latest real estate information from across the country. Today, we’ll be looking at the Existing Home Sales latest report released by THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, detailing for the month of July.

In July, home sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of almost 5,600,000 homes. AND, July marked the 10th consecutive month of year over year gains in existing home sales.

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