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


Steve Goddard, REALTOR®

Steve Goddard is a REALTOR® and the Manager of RE/MAX Estate Properties in Manhattan Beach, California. Steve’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyer Representative, among the many NAR designations and certifications he’s earned. And he currently serves as the Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of California and Hawaii and the island of Guam.


Meg White, REALTOR® Magazine

Meg White is the Managing Editor of REALTOR® Magazine, the official magazine of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.



Jessica Lautz is the Director of Survey Research and Communications for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.


Hot Outdoor Power Tools

We thought we’d talk about one of the hottest trends out there- which soon might be headed straight into your – garage.

And we’re talking the new generation of power equipment out there…from lawnmowers to chain saws, weed whackers to leaf blowers…big, robust power tools – which run? On batteries.

That’s right – batteries. No gasoline, no oil, no hundred-yard heavy-duty extension cords – none of that. These tools run on big, powerful, rechargeable batteries. They’re clean, they’re green, and they’re the hottest current trend, in outdoor lawn and garden gear.


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Stacey Higginbotham, Gigaom

Stacey Higginbotham is the Senior Writer for Gigaom, the leading global voice on emerging technologies since 2006. Gigaom’s blog and research helps people understand all the latest electronics with their constant testing and insight.


Bill Hirsch, Architect & Author

Bill Hirsch is an architect and the author of the book Designing Your Perfect Home. Bill has been an architect for over thirty years and he really understands ALL the hottest trends when it comes to home design. During that time, he’s designed hundreds of custom homes in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Hawaii. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the past President of the Delaware Society of Architects.


Christina Hoffman, 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.


Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams

Jackie Jordan is the Director of Color Marketing from Sherwin-Williams, the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States.


Hot Mortgages

We’re talking an in-depth look at how are homes are getting their swagger on. In this segment we’ll talk about one of the hottest trends of all – and one you may find a little bit surprising…and we’re talking about: hot mortgages.

While a lot of borrowers today think lenders have all the power, one of the hottest new trends is just the reverse: homebuyers telling their lenders what THEY want – not what the lender will LET them have. Sounds a little crazy, maybe, when lending standards are still pretty high – but the truth is that you CAN tell your lender what kind of loan payments you want to make and you CAN make your own loan term to suit you and your individual financial plans.

How’s that sound? Pretty good, right?


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Top News Of The Week

- Mortgages Easier to Obtain
- Housing Starts Fall
- Reverse Mortgages Cause Problems for Heirs
- Qualifying for a Mortgage when Self-Employed
- One Word: Inventory
- Townhouses Show Gains
- The Rise of the Mega-Home
- Appraisers and Homeowners on the Same Page
- Freddie Mac: Three Percent Loans Limited By Credit Standards


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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 latest report released this week by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, detailing Existing Home Sales for the month of January.

January is typically a volatile month for the nation’s housing market, usually related to weather conditions. After the strong surge in home sales in December, we saw we saw a month-to-month decrease of Existing Home Sales in January. In January, home sales declined to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4,820,000 homes.


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