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Karen Crowson is the Chair of NAR’s Regulatory Issues Forum. Karen is a real estate broker with Crye-Leike Real Estate Services in Benton Arkansas and she has served as the Arkansas REALTORS® Association President in 2006 and was named Arkansas REALTOR® of the Year in 2007. In 2007, Arkansas Governor Beebe appointed Karen as that state’s real estate commissioner.

Ron Phipps, REALTOR®

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

Nick Stamos, Sindeo

Nick Stamos is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sindeo… a San Francisco start-up on a mission to make the mortgage industry faster, simpler and more personalized. Sindeo offers their customers unbiased guidance from expert mortgage advisors.

Marcie McGoldrick, Martha Stewart Living

Marcie McGoldrick is the Vice President and Editorial Director for Holidays and Crafts at Martha Stewart Living.

The Magic of Thanksgiving

The holiday season is full of joy, friends and family, AND HOME. And we’re going to talk about that unique connection between holidays – and home.

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season off with warm traditions. Expressing our gratitude, breaking bread with friends and family, and enjoying parades and football games. Whether you’re heading to Grandmother’s house or celebrating the day with friends, Thanksgiving is forever associated with people coming together at – home.

As you might recall from your elementary school days, the first Thanksgiving was a harvest feast shared by the colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. Those early Thanksgiving celebrations were organized by the Puritans, and they had religious significance, according to research by the living history museum Plimoth Plantation. But researchers also found that as early as the 1700s, Quote – “the emotional significance of the New England family united around a dinner table overshadowed the civil and religious importance of Thanksgiving.” End quote.

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Kristine Stell, REALTOR®

Kristine Stell is the 2015 President of the Vermont REALTORS®, and the Managing Broker at RE/MAX Destinations in Saint Albans, Vermont. Kristine is a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyers Representative, among the designations and certifications she holds from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and was named the REALTOR® of the Year in 2013 by the Northwest Vermont Board of REALTORS®.

Jennifer Silver, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

Jennifer Silver is the Communications Manager at the Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio in Saxtons River, Vermont.

Kyle Schuneman, Owner, Kyle Schuneman Designs

Kyle Schuneman is the owner of Kyle Schuneman Designs and author of The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces. Kyle is also the small space expert for Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Christina Hoffmann, NAR/ 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.

Christmas: Then and Now

Starting next week, the holiday season will be officially in high gear, with friends and families gathering; holiday merrymaking, cooking, baking, and decorating.

And we thought we’d wrap up today’s show with a look at a fascinating report about the Christmas holiday. Now, yes, of course many different faiths celebrate holidays in the coming months. But this survey, from the Pew Research Center just looked at Christmas – and how our attitudes towards that holiday have changed, from the time we were children…to now, when we’re all grown up. We thought it was pretty interesting, and we hope you do, too.

In a survey of 2,000 people, the Pew researchers found that 92% of Americans celebrate Christmas and 86% plan to gather with friends and family on either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or both. That compares to 91% of people who said they gathered with friends and family at Christmas in their childhood.

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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 3rd QUARTER of 2015.

Increased home sales plus a low supply of housing inventory pushed home prices up in the third quarter of 2015, according to the most recent METRO HOME PRICES REPORT from NAR. Looking at 178 metropolitan regions, we saw price increases in ONE HUNDRED FIFTY FOUR of the regions measured. And in 21 metropolitan areas, we saw an annual increase in double digits. That’s down from the number of housing markets that experienced the same kind of big price jumps in the second quarter of 2015.

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