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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.

Megan Moore, The Federal Housing Finance Agency

Megan Moore is Special Advisor at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Dawn Henry, REALTOR®

Dawn Henry is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in in Longmeadow Massachusetts. Dawn is the past president of the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley…she’s still on the board there, and was also the 2014 REALTOR® of the year in the Pioneer Valley.

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!

Mike Brunson, Brunson-Jiu, LLC

Mike Brunson is a certified general appraiser in Nevada and California. Mike is a partner at Brunson-Jiu, LLC, a Residential and Commercial Valuation firm, in Las Vegas.
He is a founding member and Past President of the National Association of Appraisers.

Julie Moir Messervy, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

Julie Moir Messervy is an author and principal landscape designer of the award-winning JMMDS, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, in Saxtons River, Vermont, as well as the creator of the Home Outside landscape app and online design service.

How Your Equity Helps

We’re going to leave you with some thoughts about all the ways that you can benefit – when you increase the value of your home.

And let’s split it up – using a timeline. Beginning when you’re young, and just starting out. Then moving on to your peak earning years – and finally, we’ll look at retirement – and what your home means then.

OK to paraphrase Paul McCartney, when you’re young, and your life is an open book – your home helps you build a foundation. It’s provides a schedule and a structure….pay the mortgage every month….and as time passes, the rest falls right into place. And assuming that you make those payments and the economy stays relatively healthy – you start to build wealth. It doesn’t happen overnight, but eventually your equity will increase…both by home values going up, and your mortgage going down. It is the beginning. Of a long road, to financial security.

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

Donna Evers, REALTOR®

Donna Evers is a REALTOR® and Broker Owner of Evers & Co. Real Estate, the largest woman-owned and -run real estate firm in the Washington metro area. Donna has four offices, with more than 100 agents, in DC and Maryland. Donna has been helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs for more than 30 years.

Smart Home Technology Report: Devices Using Voice Recognition

We are looking at a big issue – that not many people talk about. It’s an issue that involves you, your family and your privacy. It concerns all the new devices out there that use voice recognition. Like Alexa from Amazon….or Siri from Apple – Cortana from Microsoft and ‘Google Now,’ from Google. The issue is – is all this stuff listening to you? When you’re not talking – to it?

Frank Lesh, The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

Frank Lesh is the executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and has been an ASHI certified inspector for over 25 years. ASHI is the oldest and professional organization of home inspectors in North America and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.


Jon Boughtin is with NAR’s Communications Department. A member of the Millennial generation, and himself the owner of a fixer upper.

Getting that Appraisal Up there!

We’re going to finish up today’s show with a quick talk about one of the biggest ways the value of your house is measured – the appraisal.

Sure, there’s the tax assessment, the list price and the sales price – but the appraisal price is one of the biggest and best ways the pros conclude – this! Is what your home is worth. A lot hinges on it! And let’s start there.

If you are selling your home, and you get a great offer – nothing sinks that ship faster than an appraisal that comes in low. You might have to lower the price! Or the buyer might have to kick in extra cash. Either way, the deal is on very thin ice – compared to how it stands if the place appraises fine.

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