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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.

Paul Pastelok, Accuweather

Paul Pastelok is a Senior Meteorologist and Head of the Long Range Forecasting Department at Accuweather.

Tom Salomone, REALTOR®

Tom Salomone is the President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Tom is the Broker-Owner of Real Estate Two, in Coral Springs, Florida, And he’s been a real estate pro for more than 40 years.

Ask the Millennial

‘Ask the Millennial!’ is a special segment in which we look at real estate – through the eyes of Jane Dollinger, a member of the biggest demographic group in America – the Millennial Generation!

Jessica Lautz, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Jessica Lautz is the Managing Director of Survey Research and Communications at THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Habitat Field Report

A very special story about a family that never thought they could ever own a home. But now? They do. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, and hundreds of REALTORS®, who volunteered to build that home. It all happened recently at the REALTORS® annual conference, in San Diego.

The Down Payment

Do you know what the biggest barrier to homeownership is? I bet you do. It’s the down payment.

Show me a person with a great job, and a great credit score. The best possible candidate for a mortgage, and a house. But – without that down payment, they’ll have no choice – but to rent.

It’s too bad for them, but it’s actually a good thing overall…because remember, it wasn’t too long ago that someone with zero money – could buy a house with zero down. Closing costs? Ha…just add ‘em into the loan.

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Danielle Hale, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Danielle Hale is Managing Director of Housing Research for THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson has dedicated his life and work, to making sure every American has access to homeownership.

Product Review: Panasonic Link-to-Cell

It’s our special cord-cutter edition! And we’re talking phones. The US Government says that as of last December, 47% of American household used ONLY cell phones. No more landline. They’ve cut that cord.
And that might mean – that 47% of Americans, have to run all over the house, looking frantically for their cell phone – when it rings. Where is it? Upstairs? Downstairs? In my coat? In your bag?

Chris Birk, Veterans United Home Loans

Chris Birk is Director of Education for Veterans United Home Loans – one of the nation’s leading VA Loan providers. Chris is an award-winning journalist, and author of “The Book on VA Loans: An Essential Guide to Maximizing Your Home Loan Benefits” More than 320,000 people follow his VA Loan community on Facebook.

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.

The Two Best Days

We wanted to wrap up this hour of the show with a look at a truly wonderful part of home ownership.

But first – ever heard that old joke about boats? The two best days in the life of a boat owner are the days you buy it…and the day you sell it!

The joke is, of course, many boat owners can’t wait to get rid of it!

In a different way, though, you could almost say that about houses too. The day you buy it – well, time to celebrate. The day you sell it? Well, there’s plenty to celebrate then too…and it’s largely because of the wonderful thing called the ‘Capital Gains Exemption.’

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