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Staying Cool

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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Jerry Giovaniello, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Jerry Giovaniello is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and the Chief Lobbyist of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Jerry manages NAR’s government affairs staff in Washington, DC.

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Jim Durham, REALTOR®

Jim Durham is a REALTOR®, and the Branch Manager of Coldwell Banker Lake Havasu, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Jim’s not only a licensed broker in California and Arizona, he also holds a general contractor’s license… and he’s earned the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist designation from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Jim was named REALTOR® of the Year by the Pismo Coast Association of REALTORS® and served two terms as their President. Jim knows a thing or two about the hot weather and how to keep his cool.

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John Gibbons, Carrier Air Conditioning

John Gibbons, is with Carrier Air Conditioning. Carrier Air Conditioning. Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions and a unit of United Technologies Corp. Carrier has installed air conditioning everywhere from the Sistine Chapel… to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate… right down to the homes in your neighborhood.

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[Listener's Question] Capital Gains Exemption

A Listener’s Question.

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A History of Air Conditioning

So here’s a question for you.

Right now, as you listen to the show – are you someplace – that’s air conditioned? You house, your car, maybe even your office?

Well, if so, good move. Because all over the country, as the temperatures start to creep higher and higher, summer CAN become a muggy, sticky, sweaty, humid and downright MISERABLE time of year. It can weigh us down and take away our energy.

Except for good old AC. You might say air conditioning becomes one of our best friends. It brings us so much cool comfort, as the crisp, chilly breeze pushes through our homes. Gotta love that.

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D’Ette Owen, REALTOR®

D’Ette Owen is with Keller Williams Realty in Anchorage, Alaska… and the 2013 President of the Alaska Association of REALTORS®. Among the prestigious NAR designations she holds, D’Ette is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyers’ Representative. In 2011, D’Ette was named REALTOR® of the Year by the Anchorage Board of REALTORS®.

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Dan Johnson, Swim, Inc.

Dan Johnson is a Certified Pool Contractor and the owner of Swim Incorporated in Sarasota, Florida. Dan’s a second generation pool builder who’s won multiple design awards and is the Past President of the Florida Swimming Pool Association. Dan’s also nationally certified by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.

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Anne Feder, 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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Alanna Okun, Buzzfeed

Alanna Okun is the Associate Editor of Buzzfeed, the social news and entertainment website covering politics, D-I-Y and business. Alanna’s also written for the Huffington Post and appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News.

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Fans of Fans

We’ve talked about all kinds of ways to stay cool this summer. And OK, we have to admit – air conditioning is, well, the king of cool. Nothing’s quite like it.

But we’ve also talked about alternatives. That don’t cost as much to run, and that do a pretty good job of keeping you, and your house cool.

So let’s wrap up today’s show by talking about one of the best alternatives out there. One that goes WAY back in history…yet, one that most of us still use every day. One that helped people all over the nation – and the world – survive….before air conditioning was around.

And we’re talking about something very simple. The everyday, ordinary FAN.

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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 dig down into at the most recent existing home sales report from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

This week we’re going to dig further into those existing home sales numbers, concentrating on the condo and co-op market to see how that important sector has influenced the housing numbers we saw in May.

But just so we have a frame of reference, let’s recap what we saw in overall existing home sales. Existing Home Sales rose strongly in May compared to April, that’s the best gain we’ve seen this year and it was certainly a welcome sight. They were down from the same time last year but things are starting to pick up after a sluggish start to the year. We also saw inventory continue its rise and that’s something we haven’t seen for a long, long time. This is great news as it will give buyers more to choose from and hopefully bring some more stability to the market.

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