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Ten Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

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.


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

Dan DiClerico, Consumer Reports

Dan DiClerico is the Senior Home Editor at Consumer Reports Magazine. Formed as an independent, non-profit organization in 1936, Consumer Reports has, for nearly eight decades, helped consumers make informed decisions through unbiased testing, research and ratings.

Susan Martins Phipps, REALTOR®

Susan Martins Phipps is a Certified Residential Appraiser, and also a REALTOR® with Phipps Real Estate in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Susan is the immediate past chair of the Real Property Valuation/Appraisal committee for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and has been appointed to the Appraisal Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She’s also a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and Susan teaches many real estate classes on the state and national level.

Julie Moir Messervy, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

Julie Moir Messervy is a celebrated author and the award-winning owner of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio in Saxtons River, Vermont.

A Rising Tide Lifts

Looking at everything from small do-it-yourself home improvements to major home renovations. Fixes and Fix-ups – that are proven to make your home worth more money – whether or not you sell.

And you know, most of the upgrades we’re talking about today are about the house itself…and the things you can do, inside and out, to grow its value. But right now we’re going to change lenses – from a close-up, to a wide angle. And talk about the one, single factor that might improve your home’s value more than anything else. And that is?

“Location, location, location.”

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Tom Salomone is the broker-owner of Real Estate Two, in Coral Springs, Florida, has been a REALTOR® for more than 4 decades. Tom is the 2016 president of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.


Jessica Lautz is the Managing Director of Surveys for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Barbara Ballinger, Author & Real Estate Expert

Barbara Ballinger is a Real Estate author. You may have seen Barbara’s work in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, House Beautiful or REALTOR® Magazine…all that? And three monthly blogs as well.

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.

The Ten Ways

We’ve been hearing some great news lately about property values rising all around the country. In fact, plenty of homeowners are fist-bumping and high-fiving each other to celebrate their rising home equity. Whether you plan to sell your home or not, it’s great to know that your home is worth more money today. You know what’s even better? Taking steps to increase your home’s value even more! We’ve heard great ideas from our guests today and now we’re going to wrap up those ideas in a TOP TEN list to make it easier to decide which tactics and strategies will work best for you.

So, here we go!

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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to take look at the latest real estate facts and figures from across the country.

This week we’re going to look at home sales using the most recent data from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the THIRD QUARTER of 2015.

When look at home sales for the months of July, August, and September, we saw an increase of almost 3.5% when compared to the second quarter. AND when we compare the 3rd QUARTER numbers to the same time period in 2015, the increase is even bigger. Year over year homes sales increased by 8.3% That brought the total number of existing home sales in the 3rd QUARTER up to 5,480,000 homes. So a year to year jump in existing home sales of over 400,000.

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