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Make It Your Own

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


Dean Asher, REALTOR®

Dean Asher is a REALTOR® and Broker/Owner of Don Asher and Associates in Orlando, Florida. Dean’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and the 2015 Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He was also the 2013 President of the Florida REALTORS®.


Becky Spak, Sherwin Williams

Becky Spak is the Director of Color Marketing and Design at Sherwin Williams, the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States. Becky’s the Chair of the International Color Marketing Group and has over 20 years experience in the paint and coatings industry.


Amanda Thomas, Moxie Girl

Amanda Thomas is the founder and President of Moxie Girl, a home cleaning and organizing service that’s been helping homeowners since 2007, and she’s also a popular blogger… known as the “Domestic CEO” online at


The Five Senses

“Make It Your Own!” is about one of the best parts of buying a home: the day that you’ve finally moved in and are ready to personalize it however you want. That’s right – how YOU want. After all, it’s yours! So it’s time to have some fun!

When most people think of personalizing their home, they think about arranging their furniture, painting the place, and maybe picking out shades and curtains. And that’s a great start. And the place will LOOK great!

But if you want to make your home truly amazing, consider going beyond just – what it looks like. Take it up a notch. And make it appeal to all FIVE of your senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. It might sound crazy – but the fact is, all of those senses come into play – when a house – is a home.

Think back to a place you loved in the past. Maybe your childhood home. Or maybe your grandparents’ place. I’ll bet you remember what it looked like – but I bet you also remember a whole lot more.


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Linda Rheinberger, REALTOR®

Linda Rheinberger is a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Nevada Properties in Las Vegas and the 2015 Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the Rocky Mountain Region of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Linda’s served as the President of the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®, and she’s also a past President of the Nevada Association of REALTORS®, where she was honored as their 2011 REALTOR® of the Year.


David Gray, Lamps Plus

David Gray is Lighting Specialist and the Sales Manager of Lamps Plus, the nation’s largest specialty lighting company with over 40 state-of-the-art lighting superstores throughout the Western U.S.


Mike McGrath, You Bet Your Garden

Mike McGrath is host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, “You Bet Your Garden,” and a contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine.


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.



Whether you’ve just bought a place or rented a place, and whether it’s your first or your fifteenth house, there’s just something really special about those first few days in this brand new place you call home.

So we’d like to leave you with a few final thoughts. Call it a punch list – the final few things to do, after you’re all moved in, and ready to start living in a new place, in a new community.

Number one on your “to-do” list should be changing the locks. Just think about how many keys might be out there. The former owner might still have some, along with his family and maybe a few friends. The old cleaning crew, dog walker, jilted girlfriends – you name it. You just don’t know. So, change ‘em.

Of course, if you’re renting, you need to ask your landlord for permission before you change the locks. And then, they’ll need a set of the new keys too.


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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 March.

In March, home sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5,200,000 homes. After MODEST GAINS in February, the robust month over month gains of over 6% were a welcome sight for the housing market.


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