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The Right REALTOR® for the Job

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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Greg Herb, REALTOR®

Greg Herb is a REALTOR® with Herb Real Estate in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. Greg has earned the C-R-S designation, and much more. He is also a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and an Accredited Buyer Representative among the many certifications and designations he holds from NAR. He’s also the 2015 Liaison for Consumer Relations for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Sindy Ready, REALTOR®

Sindy Ready is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Excalibur Realty in Scottsdale, Arizona and the 2014 National President-Elect of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Sindy has held many different leadership posts at the local, state and regional levels. She’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyer Representative herself, among her many NAR designations.

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John Rosshirt, REALTOR®

John Rosshirt is a REALTOR® and Broker with Stanberry and Associates in Austin, Texas. John is not only GREEN-certified, he’s also a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, and a Certified Residential Specialist, among his NAR credentials. He’s a past chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS® and serves on the GREEN designation board of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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Candace Cooke, REALTOR®

Candace Cooke is a REALTOR®, Appraiser and Instructor with Real Property Counsellors in Buchanan Dam Texas. Candy has earned not only her S-F-R certification and teaches the class, she’s also is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and a Certified Residential Broker, among her many NAR designations and certifications. And Candy serves as the president of the Association of Texas Appraisers.

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How to Find “The Right REALTOR®”

We’re going to raise the bar on some advice we give you from time to time. And that is, how to find a REALTOR®. If you listen to the show on a regular basis, you’ve heard us talk about that. And you’ve probably heard our recommendations: start with family, friends and co-workers, and find out which REALTOR® they worked with.

Or, drive around the neighborhood where you want buy a place – and look for the signs. If you see ‘for sale,’ ‘under contract,’ or ‘sold’ signs…’ just write down the agent’s names. Those people work in the neighborhood, and that’s a good place to start.

Or, if you’re moving a long distance, ask the REALTOR® who’s helping you sell your current place, to introduce you to a REALTOR® in the area you’re heading to. They’ll be glad to help.

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Elizabeth Mendenhall, REALTOR®

Elizabeth Mendenhall is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute. Elizabeth is the CEO of RE/MAX-Boone Realty in Columbia, Missouri. She was the 2010 President of the Missouri Association of REALTORS®, and is currently NAR’s Regional Vice President for the states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. And by the way, the GRI is just the beginning. She is also an Accredited Buyer Representative, and a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, among the numerous NAR designations she holds.

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Karen Hall, REALTOR®

Karen Hall is the Principal Broker for At Home Real Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside our nation’s capital, and herself certified by THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® as a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Certified Residential Specialist and a Military Relocation Professional.

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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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John “Skip” Frenzel, REALTOR®

John “Skip” Frenzel is a REALTOR® and Certified Financial Planner and the Owner of Agape Long Term Care in San Jose, California. Skip is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and a Certified Residential Specialist and is an instructor for classes in the S-R-E-S certification through the California Association of REALTORS®.

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What’s the Significance?

We’ve been talking about the professional designations and certifications REALTORS® can obtain. As we’ve said, these go way beyond the requirements for just getting a real estate license. They’re specialized credentials, which help REALTORS® reach the highest level of professionalism.

So we’re going to wrap up today’s show by looking at a big question: why do REALTORS® go for these designations and certifications?

I mean, these real estate professionals already have their licenses. And as long as they’re part of a bona-fide real estate brokerage, they can start working with buyers and sellers right away. Why go the extra mile, to get all these credentials?

Especially since these designations and certifications don’t come easy. Every one of them starts with a fee, which can be hundreds of dollars. The REALTOR® pays that up front. And many of the credentials require annual fees also – to maintain the designation or certification. But money – is not their only investment.

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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 go further into the most recent Existing Home Sales report from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, concentrating on August sales of existing homes by price category.

August showed quite a slow down when it came to sales in many price categories across the country. But we still saw homes priced above $1,000,000, showing some year over year growth. But overall in August of this year we saw sales fairly consistent except at the lower end of the market. August saw the middle of the market holding the steadiest. It was in that range of the market from the $250,000 to $500,000 mark, where we saw the least amount of movement.

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