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Zillow + Trulia: Why It is NOT the End for Agents




Zillow + Trulia: Why it is NOT the End for Agents | Keeping Current Matters

Yesterday, Zillow announced the acquisition of Trulia. Some industry experts are predicting the end of the real estate business as we know. They used words like “checkmate” and “kill shot”. Though we agree that aspects of the industry will be forced to evolve perhaps quicker than they had hoped, we believe this will be an evolution not a revolution. No one needs to die.

THE EVOLUTION

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Real Estate Listings:
You Can’t Sell What You Don’t Have




Real Estate Listings: You Can’t Sell What You Don’t Have | The KCM Crew

Some housing experts are concerned that the housing recovery seems to be stalling. Some are blaming the one percent increase in mortgage interest rates since the first quarter of last year. Others are pointing at an economy that is improving but only at a snail’s pace. Still, others are questioning whether homeownership is even considered by some to still be part of the American Dream.

However, there is great evidence that the true reason home sales aren’t stronger is because we lack inventory in the vast majority of markets across the country.

Here are a few reasons why we believe this to be true:

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June is National Homeownership Month!!




June is National Homeownership Month!! | The KCM Crew
National Homeownership Month actually started as a week-long celebration of homeownership during the Clinton administration in 1995. In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed June as the National Homeownership Month. Here is an excerpt from his proclamation:

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Real Estate: This Spring Will Be Different




Just like May flowers, every spring the housing market blossoms as buyers come out ready to purchase their dream house. This spring, we believe we are going to see the strongest purchasing market we have seen in a decade.

Why are we so bullish on the housing market this spring?

Here are a few reasons:

MILLENNIALS

Contrary to many reports, this age demographic is READY, WILLING and ABLE to become homeowners. As a matter of fact, the latest National Association of Realtors’ gender study revealed that the Millennial generation has recently accounted for a greater percentage of all buyers than any other generation.

BABY BOOMERS

As prices have risen, so has the equity in many homes across American. Homeowners, having been shackled to their house because of low or negative equity for the last several years, are again free to make a move without worrying about bringing cash to a closing table in order to sell. We believe this new-found freedom will release a pent-up demand of sellers who want to move-up to the home they’ve always dreamed of or want to downsize their primary residence and also purchase a second home they can use for vacation, retirement or both.

BOTH PRICES and MORTGAGE RATES are on the RISE

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Do People See You as the Real Estate Expert?




IE-0320BlogAd“Real estate sales have changed more in the last year than the prior 100 years. I needed a real estate agent in 1997. I didn’t have the password to the MLS.” 

- Daniel Pink, bestselling author of the book Drive at a real estate conference February 2014

There was a time when both buyers and sellers were forced to connect with a real estate agent in order to get even the basic information required to make a good decision regarding their housing needs. That time has passed.

Buyers can now go on-line to find the homes that are for sale. Sellers can go on-line to find out which homes in their neighborhood sold over the last six months and at what price.

Consumers are no longer looking for just information from a real estate agent. They require professional advice based on the information that is available. Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley author, speaker, investor and business advisor explained it best:

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