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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.

Caroline Carter, Done in a Day

Caroline Carter is founder and CEO of Done in a Day, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. Caroline is the creator of a selling process called The Perfect Listing, and she’s helped over 2,000 families successfully transition from one home to the next since 2005.

Leslie Rouda Smith, REALTOR®

Leslie Rouda Smith is a REALTOR® and broker with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, in Dallas. Leslie is the 2016 Chairman of the Board for the Texas Association of REALTORS®…the top position in the state’s leadership. Leslie has been a REALTOR® for nearly 30 years. And she has served in dozens of local, state and national roles…including as NAR’s 2013 Vice President.

Get REALTOR®! with Lindsay Hart

Lindsay Hart is a REALTOR® and Associate Broker with RE/MAX In Motion in Ithaca NY. She is also a Seller’s Representative Specialist, a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist and a Certified Buyer’s Representative. Currently, Lindsay is serving as the 2016 President of the Ithaca Board of REALTORS®, which is the Voice for Real Estate in Ithaca NY.

Vanessa Goggans, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Vanessa Goggans is partner and Practice Manager of the Residential Real Estate practice of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.


Hathaway Hester is archivist at Information services at NAR in Chicago.

Burying St Joseph

Welcome back to our special – “Secrets of the Pros!” All about the real estate techniques pros use every day – which you might not know about.

Now – here’s a secret for you – something every real estate professional knows about. Something that makes them smile. Something that sounds pretty unconventional.

But here we go. I’m talking about burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard. That’s right – burying a statue of St Joseph….the patron saint of the family and household needs.

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Karen Eubank, Eubank Staging and Design

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design in Dallas, Texas. Karen served as the President of the Texas State Chapter of the Real Estate Staging Association, and was honored as the Real Estate Staging Association State President – of the year!

Beth Foley, REALTOR®

Beth Foley is a REALTOR® and associate broker with Summit Properties in Holland Michigan, right on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Beth has been helping buyers and sellers for 30 years. In addition to serving as the 2012 president of the Michigan Association of REALTORS®, Beth has also served extensively at the national level, and was NAR’s 2015 regional vice president for the states of Michigan and Ohio.

Smart Home Technology! Marketing Your Home with Tech

It’s time for our Smart Home Technology Report! And today – a look at using technology – to market your house! Earlier this week, I saw an ad for brand-new, upscale condos in Washington, DC.

Keith Gumbinger,

Keith Gumbinger is the Vice President of consumer education at, the leading provider of consumer mortgage information in the United States.

Lennox Scott, John L. Scott Real Estate

Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, in the Western States. John L. Scott Real Estate has more than 110 Offices in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California with over 3000 broker associates. In 2017 John L Scott did nearly 36,000 transactions representing 14-billion dollars in sales volume. Lennox Scott is recognized by REALTOR® Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Real Estate Brokers in the Nation.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

As we wrap up this part of our special, ‘Secrets of the Pros,’ I wanted to share a simple idea – that can make the difference between making – or breaking the deal. And that is – to keep your eyes on the prize – at all times. The prize, of course, is a successful transaction, in which the seller sells, the buyer buys, and everyone walks away happy.

Sometimes transactions go smoothly. I wish they all did! But sometimes they don’t. The buyer and seller might disagree on something big, or small. And if they really dig in…that one issue could become a deal-killer.

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Americans think, the ideal age to buy a first home is 28. A new Bankrate dot com survey shows that people feel that the right time to become a homeowner is after buying or leasing a first car and starting to save for retirement. The survey respondents said people should reach those milestones by 22. But the actual age when people typically purchase a home is a bit higher. According to data from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, the median age of home buyers in the United States is 32.

Fewer people are looking for mortgages! That’s because tough market conditions continue to challenge buyers. The Mortgage Bankers Association says the number of mortgage applications during the week that ended July 13th was down about 2.5%. Here’s CNBC’s Diana Olick

CNBC says the one bright spot? Refinance applications…which were up 2% last week.

You might have heard the expression you can live in your car but you can’t drive a house. Well, that may be changing in South Florida because a number of high-end carmakers are licensing their brands to luxury real estate developments.

We’re talking about incredibly expensive cars such as Aston Martin, and Porsche.

According the Wall Street Journal, at the Aston Martin condos in South Florida, units begin at $700,000 and go up to around 50 million for the penthouse.

Not too far away the Porsche Design Tower allows homeowners to bring their sports cars up into their unit using a special automobile elevator.

Why are real estate developments aligning themselves with luxury cars? The hope is it will attract high-end buyers, and help those properties rise to the top of the list when people are ready to buy.

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