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The Best Year Ever to Own

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.


Laura Adams,

Laura Adams is the Senior Insurance Analyst at Laura advises consumers every day on how to make smart decisions about all kinds of insurance. 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.


Leslie Rouda Smith, REALTOR®

Leslie Rouda Smith is a Broker Associate at Dave Perry-Miller & Associates in Dallas. Leslie’s been a REALTOR® for over 25 years and served as the 2013 Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS®. She’s been a member of NAR’s Board of Directors since 2009, and has chaired the Leadership Academy Advisory Board. Leslie is also very active in the Texas Association of REALTORS® where she’s served on their board of directors for multiple terms. She’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and a Certified Residential Specialist, among the many NAR designations and certifications she holds.


Smart Homes at CES

One thing that 2015 will bring to homeowners – something that we never could have had a decade ago – is the new wave of ‘Smart Home’ technology. From your front door, through every room in your house – today’s digital lifestyle is being integrated in houses across America. Many of the latest, and greatest products for the American Home were showcased recently at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And Real Estate Today’s Stephen Gasque – was there.


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.


Surprising Benefits of Home Ownership

We look at all the reasons owning your own home helps you build wealth, establish roots in a community, and gives you the freedom to make your own decisions about where and how you live.

Most people understand the link between owning your home and financial success. After all, every month when you make your mortgage payment you’re taking another step toward owning your home free and clear. Ever think about that? It’s true!

What you may not know, though, are some of the other ways homeownership can benefit you, your family, and even your community. Here are five surprising advantages of owning a home that you may not know about:


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Danielle Hale is the Director of Housing Statistics for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.


Biniam Gebre, The Federal Housing Administration

Biniam Gebre is the Acting Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration. Working with HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Biniam is responsible for the day-to-day management of the FHA, with the mission of modernizing and preserving FHA’s 80-year history of providing affordable access to credit for homeowners.


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.


Kathy Pickering, H&R Block

Kathy Pickering is the Executive Director of the Tax Institute at H&R Block. Kathy has more than a decade of experience in tax operations and is responsible for the strategic direction and management for a team of the nation’s top tax experts. She also serves as H&R Block’s Vice President of Government Relations.


The American Home

Homeownership has long been considered part of the American Dream. A dream not only for people born in this country but also for people around the world who come here. It’s like owning a piece of freedom. So let’s wrap up today’s show, by taking a look at the ways home ownership is woven into the fabric – of America…and what that means to you.

The value of owning a home has always been recognized by the leaders of the United States. Even going back to the Civil War times, President Abraham Lincoln said, “The strength of the nation lies in the homes of its people.”

That continued into the next century. In 1913, the mortgage interest deduction was created as part of the federal income tax system. And for more than a hundred years, it’s helped Americans comfortably afford the homes they own.


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- Economy To Spur Housing In 2015
- Mortgage Policy Shapes Demand Curve
- Home Prices Up Compared To Ten Year Average
- CFPB Targets Wells Fargo, JP Morgan


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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to take a look at the latest facts and figures from across the country from the THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. This week saw the release of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® Pending Home Sales report for the month of December.

And we ended the year with some mixed news. Year to year, Pending Home Sales saw a healthy increase of more than 6%. That’s the biggest year over year increase we have seen since June of 2013. But, when we look at the numbers on a month to month basis, we see they declined modestly, 3.7%.


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