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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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Jessica Lautz, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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

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Sandra O’Connor, REALTOR®

Sandra O’Connor is a REALTOR® with Allen Tate REALTORS® in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sandra’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, an Accredited Buyer’s Representative and serves as the Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and North and South Carolina.

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Melissa Sullivan, Mayflower Transit & United Van Lines

Melissa Sullivan is the Director of Marketing Communications for UniGroup, the parent company of Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines, two of the largest moving companies in the world.

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Ben Eisler, Security Public Storage

Ben Eisler is the President and Co-Founder of Security Public Storage… with 44 facilities located in California, Nevada & the Mid-Atlantic states. Security Public Storage began operations in 1983 and today helps customers store belongings in over 3,000,000 square feet of storage space divided into nearly 35,000 units in the U.S.

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The Moving Checklist

We’re going to get you “Moving!” We’re talking all about the best practices when it comes to getting you, your family, and your belongings out of one home and into the next. And as we wrap up the first hour of the show, we’re going to help get you organized. WHAT you need to do, and WHEN you need to do it.

Before anything else—get two things. First? A calendar. You’ll want to keep track of the moving schedule. Second? A bottle of champagne. But don’t open it yet! Save it – for later.

OK? Ladies and gentlemen, start your calendars!

First entry? About six weeks before your move, start to check out moving companies. Get references from your REALTOR®, and check out reviews online to find movers with a good reputation.

Then, make appointments with 2 or 3 companies, and get estimates. And make sure they come to your house and see exactly what you have to move. When a mover visits in person, the quote they give you is often guaranteed. That’s what you want. Not some number that can go up…and hurt your wallet.

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Colin Mullane, REALTOR®

Colin Mullane is a REALTOR® and Broker with Full Circle Realty in Ashland, Oregon, and the 2015 President of the Oregon Association of REALTORS®.

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Sperry Hutchinson, U-Haul

Sperry Hutchinson is a Moving and Product expert for U-Haul, which has been serving do-it-yourself movers and their households since 1945. That’s right – 70 years!

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Michele Lerner, Author

Real Estate Today Senior Editor Michele Lerner is an award-winning author who has been writing about real estate, personal finance and business topics for more than two decades. You may have seen her work on Fox Business, The Washington Post or Bankrate.com and her book, Homebuying: Tough Times, First Time, Any Time, is highly respected by many of the industry’s lenders and agents.

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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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Goodbye, Hello

We’re going to talk about the very personal side of moving.

According to HealthStatus.com, a site that analyzes health risks, moving is one of life’s most stressful experiences, right up there with divorce, a job loss, a major illness, or the death of a loved one. For most people, moving is a bittersweet event, one in which you say goodbye to one home and hello to a new one. The stress of moving – both physical and emotional – can be managed with the help of a good team of professionals who can minimize the drama and make your experience easier. With a REALTOR®, you have someone you can rely on to walk you through the moving process and help you find the right moving company and contractors.

BUT, there’s no way around the fact that moving is a double-edged sword. It triggers memories of the past and dreams of the future. And that releases powerful emotions that can make moving even more difficult.

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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 February sales of existing homes by price category.

February showed modest gains in existing home sales overall on a month to month basis.

But the Pending Home Sales Report, which looks ahead to future home sales, told a different story. Pending Home Sales surged ahead to their highest level since June 2013.

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