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Jill Schlesinger, CBS News

Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Award Winning Business Analyst for CBS News. Jill appears on CBS radio and television stations nationwide covering the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign. She is a weekly guest on NPR’s “Here and Now”, and is the author of the best-selling book Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money.

Kevin Sears, Sears Real Estate

Kevin Sears is a Broker and Partner at Sears Real Estate in Springfield, Massachusetts. Kevin is the past president of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and has served as NAR’s regional vice president for the New England States. And right now Kevin is the Chair, of NAR’s Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board.

Hot or Not? with Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Home design elements come and go….but which ones are trending, and which ones aren’t? That’s what Hot or Not is all about. Giving you the latest red hot trends in home design, home features – and more. Joining us now with Hot or Not is Melissa Dittman Tracey, author of REALTOR® Magazine’s popular ‘Styled, Staged and Sold’ blog.

Keith Gumbinger, HSH.com

Keith Gumbinger is VP at HSH.com, the nation’s leading source of consumer mortgage and finance information.

Bill Thompson, Real Estate Today

We’re taking a look at what may soon be a big change, in the nation’s mortgage landscape. After eleven years of federal government conservatorship, it looks like mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may soon return to private hands.

That’s according to a new plan by the Trump administration. While the president of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® praised the White House for its “thoughtful, genuine effort toward housing finance reform,” there are many hurdles still to overcome — and some critics are already taking aim.

Here’s Real Estate Today’s Bill Thompson, with a closer look.

Refinance Checklist – Part 1

Back again now, with our special ‘Your Home Loan.’ All about today’s incredibly low mortgage interest rates, and what they mean to you and the property in your life.

We’re going to wrap up this hour of the show with a checklist to help get you ready – if you plan to refinance.

You have refinanced, right?

I mean with rates for a 30-year fixed hovering near three and a half percent?

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Lawrence Yun, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Lawrence Yun is the Chief Economist of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, says – get ready – mortgage interest rates are going even lower!

Seth Task, REALTOR®

Seth Task is a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, right outside of Cleveland, in Solon, Ohio. Seth is the treasurer of the Ohio REALTORS®, and he’s currently serving as the Chair of the Conventional Financing and Policy Committee at THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Smart Home Technology – Cleaning your light bulbs

It’s time for our Smart Home Technology Report! And today with a high five to Monty Python – it’s time for something completely different! A way to save energy in your home….and live a lighter, brighter life. And we’re talking about something that honestly – I have never done. Ever. And that is? Cleaning your light bulbs.

Keith Gumbinger, HSH.com

Keith Gumbinger is VP at HSH.com, the nation’s leading source for consumer mortgage and finance information.

Chris Birk, Veterans United Home Loans

Chris Birk is the director of education for Veterans United Home Loans. Based in Columbia, Missouri, Veterans United is the nation’s largest VA mortgage lender. Chris is the author of “The Book on VA Loans: An Essential Guide to Maximizing Your Home Loan Benefits,” and his analysis and articles have appeared at The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and of course, right here on Real Estate Today.

Refinance Checklist – Part 2

Back again now, with our special show ‘Your Home Loan,’ all about you, your real estate and today’s incredibly low mortgage interest rates.

We’re going to wrap up today’s show by continuing our refinance checklist. Everything you’ll need to collect – to get that refi, at today’s low rates.

In our first hour…we talked about the five steps involved in gathering together everything that verifies your income and reserves. Tax returns. W-2s. 1099s. Pay stubs. Checking and savings account statements. Investment accounts, including brokerage accounts, 401ks, IRAs and more. And for you landlords – get PDFs of the leases – to show the income you generate there, also.

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