Weekly Deb Howard & Co Newsletter

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Greetings this lovely fall season from a crisp and soon to be snowy Lake Tahoe! Just got back from an amazing trip to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Conference in NOLA (the big easy) where 10,000 plus Realtors from across the nation and beyond attended sessions ranging from “how to improve our real estate profession and level of services”, to hearing the latest economic forecasts impacting real estate markets across the nation and globe. Great time with our family of Realtors in New Orleans where food and music was flowing.  Along with discussing business, we attended seminars ranging from policy forums and committee meetings where protecting private property rights and the land (and resources) it resides upon was the central focus. Certainly a topic near and dear to those of us in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I also had the pleasure of participating at the NAR level on the Resort and 2nd home committee and led a session on travel trends  (domestic and international) and the impacts on our resort and 2nd home markets.  It’s for the most part, very good news with bright prospects for the upcoming 2015 year. Best to you and your families look forward to hearing from you soon- Deb


NEW ORLEANS (November 7, 2014) – Existing-home sales are expected to be higher next year and prices will remain at a healthier level of growth that benefits both buyers and sellers, according to an economic forecast at a residential forum during the 2014 Realtors® Conference & ExpoLawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, was joined onstage by Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, who discussed issues preventing consumers from becoming homeowners, and Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who kicked off the forum with a video address. Yun said existing-home sales this year got off to a slow start, but have recently shown stronger growth behind improvements in inventory, slower price gains and pent-up demand. Read here for more info.

Winter Recreation In Lake Tahoe: There is no shortage of activities

Snowy Lake Tahoe

When the San Francisco Bay Area is soaking in a dismal rain, Lake Tahoe South Shore is being transformed to a snow-covered winter wonderland. Celebrate winter in the Sierras by going skiing, sledding, snowmobiling or ice skating.  Finish reading article here.

Is Your Home Ready For Holiday Visitors?

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Published: November 14, 2011

Is your home ready for holiday visits from friends and family? Here’s how to prepare for the invasion. I’m lucky and have a guest suite always ready for holiday guests. But even with a dedicated space, preparing my home for the annual onslaught of friends and family takes time and forethought.

Some preparations for holiday guests take only a few minutes; some take a lot longer. My advice: Start preparing your home for the holidays now.   Finish reading article here.

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