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Sell That House

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.

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Lawrence Yun, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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

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Beth Foley, REALTOR®

Beth Foley is a REALTOR® and Associate Broker with Summit Properties in Holland, Michigan, and a 2015 Regional Vice President for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of Michigan and Ohio. Beth served as the 2012 President of the Michigan Association of REALTORS®… she’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and a Certified Residential Specialist, among the NAR certifications and designations she holds.

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Brooke Hernandez, REALTOR®

Brooke Hernandez is a REALTOR® with Chase International Real Estate in Zephyr Cove, Nevada and the President of the South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®.

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Jessica Lautz, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Jessica Lautz is the Director of Survey Research and Communications for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Selling It Safely

We wanted to mention something that’s really, really important.

And that is – staying safe, while you sell your home.

If I told you I was going to meet a stranger in an empty house, you’d tell me I was crazy. Or maybe “be careful”…or maybe just ‘don’t do it.’ But think about it, that’s what REALTORS® do every day. So it’s important that REALTORs® take precautions to protect themselves. And those same precautions can also help you, your family, and your property. And most of those precautions – just make sense.

Recently many REALTORs® have ramped up their focus on keeping themselves and their clients safe, so you may notice some changes when you’re working with a REALTOR®. For instance, if you’re buying a place, don’t be surprised if a REALTOR® you’re meeting for the first time says ‘please meet me at my office’…instead of meeting you at an empty house. They want to meet you, sit down with you and get to know you. Again, it just makes sense.

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Andres Carbacho-Burgos, Moody’s Analytics

Andres Carbacho-Burgos is the Senior Economist at Moody’s Analytics, one of the world’s leading providers of economic data and research. Andres is head of the housing group at Moody’s and analyzes real estate trends every day.

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Barbara Ballinger, Real Estate Expert

You may have seen Barbara Ballinger’s articles in newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune…in magazines like House Beautiful and REALTOR® Magazine… or online, in three monthly blogs.

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Christina Hoffman, HouseLogic.com

HouseLogic.com 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.

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Jon Yocum, REALTOR®

Jon Yocum is a REALTOR® at Mel Foster Company in the Davenport, Iowa area, and the 2015 President of the Iowa Association of REALTORS®.

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Seller Dos and Don’ts

We’d like to leave you with a quick recap of some of the best strategies you can use – to make your sale happen fast and profitably. You might call them the DOs and DON’Ts for every successful sale. What you should do as a seller, and what you should NOT do.

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Don’t choose the first real estate agent you meet: You may have a friend or family member who is an agent, or knows one, and they could be the right professional for your transaction. But maybe not. Even a real estate agent who is a fun friend isn’t necessarily the right one for your home sale.

Do interview several REALTORs®: Check out your REALTOR’s® credentials and choose someone you feel is a good fit for you. It might be an experienced agent with hundreds of sales under their belt! Or – it might be a new agent, who is going to give you 1000% of their time and energy.

This is someone you’ll be working with closely for many months – so make sure it feels right to you.

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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 February.

In February, home sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4,880,000 homes. After a setback in January, the modest month over month gains of slightly over 1% were a welcome sight for the housing market.

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