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Here Come The Holidays!

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


Ron Phipps, REALTOR®

Ron Phipps is the Principal Broker at Phipps Realty in Warwick, Rhode Island, and the 2011 President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.


Amy Traverso, Yankee Magazine

Amy Traverso is the Senior Lifestyle Editor of Yankee Magazine. Amy is going to give us some ideas about ways to capture that holiday spirit in your house – whether you’re in New England, or not!


Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics Magazine

Roy Berendsohn is the Senior Editor of Popular Mechanics magazine. Each month some 9,000,000 readers turn to Popular Mechanics to help them with home improvement, maintenance, energy saving ideas and home “do-it-yourself” projects. In fact, Popular Mechanics has been a part of the American fabric since 1902.


To Decorate or Not to Decorate – That is the Question

If you’re a homeowner you know how wonderful your home is over the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Hanukah, to Christmas to New Year’s, “home” is where you gather with friends and family to celebrate the season.

That’s how it is – most years. But some years are different. Because some years your house may be for sale – over the holidays. And that raises a really important question: do you decorate or not?

You probably already know the drill when it comes to selling your home – you’re supposed to DE-PERSONALIZE it, and get rid of the clutter so that buyers can see the house itself, instead of all your stuff. That way they can visualize living there – themselves. So, the family photos come down off the walls, your children’s drawings come down off the fridge, and yes, that great big trophy redfish, and the story that comes with it, comes down off the wall in the den.

But that stuff’s EASY compared to the holidays. Because there’s no easy answer to the question ‘what will potential buyers like?’


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Habitat for Humanity

Many of us have decades of happy memories, from celebrating those special days in the houses we’ve lived in, grown up in, and raised our families in. But do you remember what your holidays were like – in the very first home you could truly call – your own?

Well, we met just such a person recently. A single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana…who will soon own her own home, thanks to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, and hundreds of REALTOR® volunteers who pitched in to build the place.

Real Estate Today’s Stephen Gasque was there as the house went up in a 9th Ward neighborhood that years ago – was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.


Tiffany Curry, REALTOR®

Tiffany Curry is a REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Houston, Texas. Tiffany was named the 2011 Houston REALTOR® of the Year by the Houston Association of REALTORS® and she’s the youngest recipient ever to win this award.


Christina Hoffman, 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.


Greg McBride,

Greg McBride is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Analyst at Greg has nearly two decades experience in personal finance, and has earned the coveted “Chartered Financial Analyst” designation. He’s appeared before the Federal Reserve Board, Mortgage Bankers Association and the Federal Trade Commission…and he’s a regular guest on network news casts all across the country.


The Holiday Home in the Movies

What’s your favorite holiday movie?
Is it ‘Miracle on 34th Street?’ Or perhaps “It’s a Wonderful Life!” Or maybe you just love the “Home Alone” movies. Well, no matter which holiday movies YOU love – chances are you’ll find a common thread – and that is, the home is at the heart of the holiday season.


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Local Market Conditions

It’s time to take a look at the latest real estate information from across the country, and today we’ll be looking at the latest report released this week by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® detailing Existing Home Sales for the month of October.

After a slight downturn in Existing Home Sales in August, September saw a month to month increase of almost 2.5%. So the question on everyone’s mind was: Are staying on course for a steady recovery or can we expect some more bumps in the road as we move forward in the housing market?


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