Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, KCM Community! In some ways, 2010 was a very difficult year for sellers, buyers and real estate professionals. However, it made us a little stronger .. as adversity always does. It also helped us remember that the value of homeownership is so much more than just the price of a house. Let’s make […]

Questions You SHOULD Be Asking Your Lender

We have run this post before but want to make sure you still are asking the right questions of your loan officer. Here is a great list from Dean. – The KCM Crew More and more, consumers are learning that there is much more to getting a mortgage than just the interest rate and points.  A good […]

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2011: The Year a House Again Becomes a Home

For almost a decade now, every time we talked about real estate we immediately discussed money. We didn’t talk about the value of a home but instead about the price of the house. We didn’t worry about a roof over our heads but instead the ceiling on our interest rate. We didn’t care as much about […]

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Real Estate 2010: The Year of Intervention

This past year has been very challenging for real estate. The market was defined by outside intervention. This intervention tugged at historic trends. Government involvment caused market fundamentals to be distorted beyond recognition. Unpredictability was the only thing we could predict. Modifications The administration’s announced goal of the modification program was to save 3-4 million families […]

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Dr. Doom, Mr. Bear and Real Estate

Trying to negotiate the current housing market is difficult. There are so many external variables impacting real estate it seems almost impossible to project where sales and prices are headed. But, there were two people who saw the challenges we are currently experiencing back in 2005-2006. They looked at the market and predicted we were in […]

Happy Holidays to the KCM Community

See you Monday! The KCM CrewWe believe every family should feel confident when buying & selling a home. KCM helps real estate professionals reach these families & enables the agent to simply & effectively explain a complex housing market. Take a 14-Day Free Trial of our monthly membership to see how we can help you!

Remember… Pigs Get Slaughtered

The recent spike in interest rates reminds us that though rates generally gravitate lower slowly, they move upwards “quickly and dramatically”.  For months, we have been listening to prospective home purchasers say they want to wait because prices will continue to fall and rates aren’t going up.  Well, my friends, the horse may have already left […]

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Prices Compared To Historic Trend Lines

Last week, we did a blog post on house prices as compared to income levels. We showed that, using historic ratios, house values were lower than previous norms. Many people asked us if we believe that home prices were about to increase. As we said in the post: Some experts are predicting that today’s values […]

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5 Reasons You Should Sell Today (UPDATED)

Selling your house in today’s market can be extremely difficult. It is for that reason that every seller should take advantage of each and every chance that appears. There is a fantastic opportunity available right now. Meet with your real estate agent and mortgage professional today and see whether it is the right time for you and […]

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The Trick Is To Not Flood the Valley

Banks and the government have struggled to get the current foreclosure situation under control. The modification programs have helped many families avoid foreclosure. However, the number is but a small percentage of those incapable or unwilling to pay their mortgage. This has resulted in an ever increasing number of bank owned foreclosures (REOs). The banks […]

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How Will the Foreclosure Mess Impact Prices?

Three months ago, it was revealed that many banks were guilty of improperly processing the paperwork on their foreclosures. Most banks at the time declared a foreclosure moratorium while they reviewed their paperwork and corrected any errors. Today, we want to give you an update on the situation and explain how the housing market will […]

The Basics of Credit Scoring

Today, we are going to be centering on the basics of an increasingly important portion of a buyer’s mortgage application – the credit score. First, the 3 major national credit bureaus are: Experian (XP), Transunion (TU), and Equifax (EF)….But better terms to describe their function are: Repository – they are huge “holders” of data; information about you and […]

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Negative Equity: Not Good But Improving

Back in October, we posted that falling home prices would drive more homeowners into a negative equity situation where their home was worth less than the amount of their mortgage (also known as the house being ‘under water’ or ‘upside down’). If a homeowner falls further into negative equity, it increases the chances that they […]

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Are Homes Actually UNDERVALUED?

We have been barraged with headlines and news stories telling us that home values will continue to soften for the next several quarters. Some experts are predicting that today’s values will drop and not be seen again until the middle of 2012 at the earliest. We concur with these estimates based on the current demand […]

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Demand for Housing Will Increase in 2011

The last Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a substantial 10.4% month-over-month increase. According to NAR the index measures: housing contract activity. It is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. A signed contract is not counted as a sale until the transaction closes. […]

Impact of Rising Rates When Buying a Home

There has been much volatility in the 30 year mortgage rate over the last few weeks. According to Freddie Mac, rates have soared almost a half of a percent in just the last four weeks and now are as high as they have been in the last six months. Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist of Freddie Mac, […]

Insider Secrets To An Optimal Credit Score

As you prepare to apply for credit (like a home mortgage) understand that it is significantly better to have your best possible credit profile BEFORE applying.  Working to improve your score during the mortgage process can be done, but there are two problems.  One, time to clear up items can become an obstacle when compared […]

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Forbes: Housing Had a Superb Decade

Has real estate been a good investment over the last decade? Many people would be quick to answer ‘no’ to that question. However, they would be wrong. Real estate prices in this past decade have appreciated nicely despite the challenges over the last four years. Forbes.com reported on this issue two days ago: With all […]

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House Price Declines Hitting Most States

This winter will see a softening of prices in most parts of the country. If you are considering selling your home in the near future, you should set an appointment with a real estate professional that has experience in your local market. That being said, we want to explain the magnitude of the challenge. The […]

Current Foreclosure Facts from LPS

Lending Processing Services (LPS) issues a monthly Mortgage Monitor which looks at several aspects of mortgage performance. We like to study this report to see what is currently taking place with delinquencies and foreclosures. The November report (which covers through October) had some very interesting information. Delinquency Rates All delinquency statuses are calculated using the MBA […]