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George Ratiu is the Director of Housing and Commercial Research at THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Ron Phipps and Susan Martins Phipps, REALTORS®

Ron Phipps and Susan Martins Phipps are REALTORS® at Phipps Realty and Relocation Services in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Ron was the 2011 President of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and currently serving on NAR’s Executive Committee. Susan is the Senior Appraiser at Phipps Realty, an executive Committee Member of the Appraisal Foundation in Washington DC and Chair of Rhode Island’s Appraisal Board. And…they started their real Estate careers together while still in College.

Hot or Not? with Melissa Dittmann

Home design elements come and go…but which ones are trending – and which ones aren’t? That’s what Hot or Not is all about! Helping you get in on cutting edge features, design and more – in your own home.
Joining us now with Hot or Not – is Melissa Dittmann Tracey, author of REALTOR® Magazine’s popular Styled Staged & Sold blog.

Rose Quint, The National Association of Home Builders

Rose Quint is Assistant Vice President for Survey Research at the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB represents more than 140,000 members involved in the new home building industry. And their members? will build about 80% of the new homes this year in America.

Gina Dubell-Smith, REALTOR®

Gina Dubell-Smith is a REALTOR® and team leader with EXP Realty in Loveland, Ohio. And Gina is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®.

Cost Vs. Value – Part 1: Do This

We are back! With our special ‘Love Your Home!’ All about giving your home a little love this coming Valentine’s Day.

And by that we’re talking about improvements, upgrades or simple fix-ups, that can make this place you call home – better than ever!

Consider it a Valentine’s Day present – for your house.

So let’s look at 10 things you can do – to improve your home, and it’s value! This comes from Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report!

It’s an annual survey of real estate professionals, in which they report how much value home improvements cost, on average, and – how much of that amount the owner gets back – at the closing table!

Continue reading “Cost Vs. Value – Part 1: Do This” »


Jessica Lautz is VP of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Sarah Sorenson, REALTOR®

REALTOR® Sarah Sorenson is broker-owner of Whales Tail Realty Inc in Maui, founded Wishing Well…for Maui Students, back in 2007. Wishing Well supports chronically underfunded public schools. Schools create wish lists of supplies, furniture, and computer equipment they need, and Sarah finds the donors to supply them. Wishing Well serves 23,000 students in 35 schools. And for her efforts, Sarah was recognized as a Good Neighbor by REALTOR® Magazine.

Smart Home Technology: The Best Valentine’s Gift

But First, it’s time for our Smart Home Technology Report….Valentine’s Edition! Now here’s a question. On this Valentine’s Day – are you going to give your loved one a dozen red roses? Or a box of chocolates? Maybe a bottle of champagne, and dinner on the town. And that’s great. Because every one of those gifts says ‘I Love You.’

Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery Landscape Professional

Sally Cunningham is a Certified Nursery Landscape Professional from Buffalo, New York. Sally is the author of the book, Great Garden Companions, and she’s also the garden columnist on TV and Radio in Buffalo – and when she’s not there – chances are she’s leading a garden tour around Europe or the states, for triple A.

Bill Thompson, Real Estate Today

You know, heart and home – go hand in hand. After all, there’s a reason they call it ‘Home Sweet Home!’ But why is that? To find out, we asked Real Estate Today’s Bill Thompson to ask homeowners from all across America just what it is they love. about their homes.

Cost Vs. Value – Part 2: Don’t Do This!

We’re back, with our special “love Your Home!’ Our annual tribute to Valentine’s day – and what it might mean to you home sweet home.

Ever give a gift on Valentine’s Day that didn’t really cut it? Like, tulips instead of roses? Well, that’s too bad!

But – if you want to show your house some love – the same kind of thing can happen….if you invest in home improvements that don’t really bring you much of a return when you sell!

In out first our we talked about how improvements that DO provide a good return..based on Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 cost Vs Value survey. Now? the other end of the spectrum…the nine home improvement projects that might be nice, but which don’t bring you back – too much.

Continue reading “Cost Vs. Value – Part 2: Don’t Do This!” »

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