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Your Real Estate Dream Team

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.

Lawrence Yun, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Lawrence Yun is the Chief Economist of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Sindy Ready, Women’s Council of REALTORS®

Sindy Ready is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Excalibur Realty in Scottsdale, Arizona and the 2015 National President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Sindy’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyer Representative, among her many NAR designations.

Bill Cosgrove, Union Home Mortgage Corp.

Bill Cosgrove is the Chairman and CEO of Union Home Mortgage in Strongsville, Ohio. Bill currently serves as the National Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Vanessa Goggans, Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association

Vanessa Goggans is a Partner in the residential real estate practice at Morris, Manning and Martin in Atlanta, and the President of the Georgia Real Estate Closing Attorneys Association. Vanessa is an active member of the Atlanta real estate community and frequent speaker on topics impacting home buyers, homeowners and lenders in all phases of residential real estate development and sales.

Safety and Security

We’re going to take a look at some of the last experts in the line…team members who will use their unique skills right AFTER closing…and we’re talking about your very own home security professionals.

So let’s think about the settlement table. The deal is done and you get the keys to your new home. Exciting! And we know – all you want to do is drive on over there, walk inside and start making that house a home.

But before you do? Make one call first, OK? And that call is to a locksmith.

That’s right. The very first call you should make every time you buy a home is to a locksmith.

Take a moment to think about it. The folks who sold that house might have lived there what, 5, 10, maybe 15 years or more! And over that period of time, chances are they handed out some keys. To their kids. To the housekeeper. The dog-walker, the contractor – you name it. So – do you want to move in, and lock up at night, knowing that any one of them might be able to just walk right in?

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Dean Asher, REALTOR®

Dean Asher is a REALTOR® and the Broker/Owner of Don Asher and Associates in Orlando, Florida. Dean’s a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and the 2015 Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He was also the 2013 President of the Florida REALTORS®.

Frank Lesh, The American Society of Home Inspectors

Frank Lesh is the former president of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park IL and now the Executive Director of ASHI the American Society of Home Inspectors. Frank is an ASHI Certified Inspector. For nearly 40 years, ASHI has been the most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America.

Susan Martins Phipps, REALTOR®

Susan Martins Phipps is a REALTOR® with Phipps Real Estate in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Susan is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute and also a Certified Residential Appraiser. She’s the immediate past chair of the Real Property Valuation/Appraisal committee for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and has been appointed to the Appraisal Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Christina Hoffmann, 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.

Would You Hire them Again?

We’ve been looking at how to hire your very own team of real estate professionals – to help your deal happen the right way.

But you know – once that deal is done, and you’ve bought a house, sold a house, or both – don’t toss those business cards! Because it’s quite possible that once you’ve assembled that talented team, you might need to use them again! If you decide to invest, or move, or trade up.

So let’s look at that question. Would you hire your Real Estate Dream Team – again?

Well, of course, if they did a great job, and you were happy with the result, sure you would. Case closed.

But…there’s always room for improvement. And if some parts of the transaction weren’t up to snuff – then perhaps you’d want to try out a new professional the next time around. But just remember, some things are within the control of your team, some things aren’t. OK?

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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 look at home prices using the most recent data from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the 2nd QUARTER of 2015.

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