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Staying Cool

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Jonathan Smoke, REALTOR®.com

Jonathan Smoke is Chief Economist with REALTOR®.com. A 20 year real estate veteran and respected housing market researcher, Jonathan leads the team of housing analysts at REALTOR®.com in communicating economic trends to experts and novices alike.

Beth Cristina, REALTOR®

Beth Cristina is a Senior Broker Associate at Stirling Properties in New Orleans, and the 2015 President of the Louisiana REALTORS®. Beth is an Accredited Land Consultant with over thirty years’ experience in Commercial Real Estate sales, leasing, development and investments. She was the 2005 President of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® and was named their REALTOR® of the Year in 2009.

Glenn Hourahan, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Glenn Hourahan is the Senior Vice President for Research & Technology for the Air Conditioning Contractors Association – the A-C-C-A. Glenn has over 25 years of experience in the heating and air conditioning industry and is a licensed, professional engineer.

Chandler Von Schrader, Energy Star

Chandler Von Schrader is the Residential Program Manager for Energy Star — the nationwide, voluntary program from the Environmental Protection Agency, that aims to help businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate – through increased energy efficiency. Chandler has worked for the EPA promoting efficiency energy efficiency in the American Home since 1981.

The Time-Tested Benefits of Shade

All throughout today’s show we’re looking at all the ways you, your family and your house – can beat the heat. After all, here we are in the height of the summer season – and you might be tempted to just keep turning that thermostat colder and colder. And that’s great – but there might be other ways, too. Ways that can save you money.

Keeping your home and your family cool on summer’s hottest days can be as old-fashioned as waving a fan or as glorious as jumping into an ice-cold swimming pool, but sometimes something as simple as relaxing in the shade can be the best way to stay cool. And you know something? When you add shade to your home you even lower your air conditioning bills. What could be cooler than that?

Depending on how your home was designed when it was first built, you may already have a shady porch or corner of your garden with a shade tree that’s the perfect place to settle on a hot summer afternoon. But you can increase the amount of shade in your home with window treatments and landscaping that will make your home more comfortable and keep your cooling bills low.

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Mike McGrath, You Bet Your Garden

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

Marie Flaherty, REALTOR®

Marie Flaherty is a REALTOR® and Associate Broker at the Flaherty Group in Westbrook, Maine, and the 2015 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS®. Marie is a past president of the Portland Board of REALTORS®, where she was honored as their 2002 REALTOR® of the Year. She’s also a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative… among the certifications she’s earned from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Jeremy Tarr, The Hunter Fan Company

Jeremy Tarr is the Director of Product and Channel Marketing for the Hunter Fan Company, in Memphis, Tennessee. Hunter has building fans for over 128 years.

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.


When you think about being cool, you may think about the 50’s. Back in the world of Hepcats and Daddy-os. When squares were nowhere, and riding shotgun was crazy! Yep, the 50’s were cool.

And around that same time, homes had a certain kind of cool, too. Something you might remember – and we’re talking about awnings. You don’t see them too much these days, but back in the day, awnings were a popular way for homeowners to keep their homes cool: the awnings kept the sun from blasting into the house and heating up the rooms.

Awnings have been used to stay cool since way before the 1950s. In fact, The National Park Service says that the ancient Egyptians and Syrians used awnings of woven mats in their markets and the Romans used them to provide shade at their stadiums and amphitheatres. Of course, the structure of awnings and the materials used to make them have evolved over time, but the basic idea of providing an overhang for a window or doorway to create shade has stayed the same.

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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to continue our look at the latest facts and figures from across the country as we look at the most recent existing home sales report from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

This week we’re going to research the existing home sales numbers for information about the condo and co-op market in May.

Existing Home Sales experienced a big upturn in May on a month to month basis. AND when we look at it from a year to year perspective they were more than 9% ahead of May 2014’s numbers.

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