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Pat Esswein, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Pat Esswein is the Associate Editor for Real Estate at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Kiplinger is the most widely-read business forecasting periodical in the world and Pat’s been writing about reverse mortgages in Kiplinger’s just this week.

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Sean Carruth, Critter Control

Sean Carruth is the Vice President of Communications for Critter Control, the nation’s leading wildlife control firm with more than 130 locations throughout North America… doing “critter control” since 1983.

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Ron Scheller, The Bat Guy

Ron Scheller… also known as “The Bat Guy” – which is also the name of his wildlife control company in Mount Olive, Illinois. Ron’s been specializing in wildlife and animal damage control work for over 30 years.

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Ennis Antoine, REALTOR®

Ennis Antoine is a REALTOR® with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers in Atlanta, Georgia. Ennis is the President-Elect of the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and was named their 2008 REALTOR® of the Year. He’s an Accredited Buyers Representative and a Certified Residential Specialist… these, among his designations and certifications from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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How Do These Critters Get Inside?

It’s a timely show, since in many parts of the country – temperatures are dropping. And as they do, many animals that live in the wild – would rather live in your house! And why not? It’s warm, it’s dry, and chances are, they’ll find plenty to eat. For them? It’s a great deal!

For us – not so great. Considering that they can really do some damage, and really create health hazards as well.

That’s why, every year around this time, homeowners work hard to make sure their property is sealed up. Because wildlife can enter your home in more ways than you can imagine.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, critters are on the lookout for entrances. We have to get rid of those openings, otherwise we are rolling out the red carpet.

So, let’s talk about how to find all the ways animals get inside – and seal them up..

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John Griffin, Humane Society of the United States

John Griffin is the Director of Urban Wildlife at the Humane Society of the United States, where he’s constantly working on solutions to wildlife conflicts in urbanized areas. John has more than 20 years of field experience working with a wide variety of urban wildlife species.

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Chris Glaser, City of Houston, TX

Chris Glaser is the Animal Control Manager with the City of Houston, Texas. Houston, with its large urban land area and semi-tropical climate is home to many species of wild animals, including snakes, alligators and more.

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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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Henry Kammandel, REALTOR®

Henry Kammandel is a REALTOR® with CBS Home Properties in Omaha, Nebraska. Henry was named the 2011 REALTOR® of the Year by the Nebraska REALTORS® Association and he currently serves as the Regional Vice President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® for the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.

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When Civilization and Animals Collide

It seems that every few days, we open the paper, or turn on the news, and there’s another story about wild animals – and civilization – coming face to face. The headlines tell the story:

Just this past August: “Bears on the Loose in New Jersey Neighborhoods”

Last July, in Upstate New York: “Moose meanders through Queensbury neighborhoods.”

Last February near San Francisco: “Two Bobcat Sightings in Neighborhoods prompt warnings El Cerrito from Police.”

And just this week? Near Boston: “Coyotes near West Bridgewater school put police on alert.”

But unfortunately, they’re not JUST wild animal – sightings.

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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 dip into the existing home sales numbers, looking at the condo and co-op market to see what effect it had on the housing numbers we saw in August.

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