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Sarah Susanka, The Not so Big House

Sarah Susanka designs homes for today’s world – and writes about those choices in her bestselling book series, which includes “The Not so Big House.” “Not so Big Remodeling,” and many more.

Kaitlyn Woods, Eversource

Kaitlyn Woods is with Eversource, in Manchester, New Hampshire. Eversource is New England’s largest electric utility, serving more than 3 million customers.

Ask the Millennial! with Jane Dollinger

The Millennials are the biggest demographic group in the country – and when they start buying real estate in droves – it will affect every home buyer, home seller and homeowner in America. And joining us now is our Millennial in residence – Jane Dollinger!

D’Ette Owen, REALTOR®

D’Ette Owen is with with Keller Williams Realty in Anchorage. D’Ette was the 2013 President of the Alaska Association of REALTORS®, and was named REALTOR® of the Year by the Anchorage Board of REALTORS® in 2011.

Pat Mertz Esswein, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Pat Mertz Esswein is the author of that article. Pat is an associate Editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which of course is the nation’s leading publication and website for personal finance issues.

Disclosing your Utility Bills

We are back – with our special ‘Staying Warm!’ All about how to save money on your utility bills this winter, no matter where you live in the USA.

And that’s what we’re going to talk about now – those utility bills! And there’s three big reasons to keep them as low as possible. First, when you keep those bills low – you’re saving money! And that’s always a good thing. Second, when the bills are low, it means you’re using less energy – and that’s good for all of us.

But there’s a third reason too. And that is – if you’re selling, buyers might ask to see your utility bills! That’s right – today’s buyers might well ask to see a year’s worth of utility bills – gas, electric, oil, propane – to see how much THEY’LL be paying if they buy the place. And if those bills are low – buyers will be more inclined to make an offer. If they’re sky high? They might just look elsewhere.

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Don Marple, REALTOR®

Don Marple is a REALTOR® with Mel Foster and Company, in Davenport Iowa. Don’s a real estate pro who has been helping buyers and sellers for more than 40 years. He is the former president of the Iowa Association of REALTORS®, and recently served as NAR’s Regional Vice President for Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Frank Lesh, The American Society of Home Inspectors

Frank Lesh is the Former Executive Director of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Smart Home Technology Report! Are you Hacked?

It’s time for our Smart Home Technology Report! And today – we’re going to look at all of those amazing, connected devices in your smart home. Do have have any? Maybe a video doorbell? Or a connected garage door opener? Well, for many people 2019 is the year they’re planning to go for it. An Amazon Echo, or Google Home, maybe an Apple Homepod….all connected to a smart lighting system and that wonderful new smart thermostat. Millions of people will buy smart home devices this year.

Matthew Ritchie, REALTOR®

Matthew Ritchie is a REALTOR® and the broker-owner of Ritchie Real Estate in Alexandria, Louisiana. Matthew is a Certified Commercial Investment Member – a NAR designation known as the CCIM. He was also NAR’s 2016 Regional Vice President for Louisiana and Texas.

Claes Bell, Bankrate.com

Claes Bell is a Business Reporter at Bankrate.com. Claes specializes in personal finance matters, including banking, CDs, cars and many other topics as well.

Heating with a Fireplace

We are back! With our special – ‘Staying Warm!’ All about you, your home, and old man winter!

We’re going to wrap up today’s show with an age-old heating method – one that plenty of people love – but which plenty of people say doesn’t really heat at all.
That’s right – fireplaces.

Not wood stoves, and not gas logs – but rather – good old wood-burning fireplaces.

Can they really heat your house?

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