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Best Post of 2011: InfoGraphic

This week we are posting the best blogs of 2011 by category. We hope you enjoy them as much as you did when we first posted them. – The KCM Crew

Best Post of 2011: For Buyers

This week we are posting the best blogs of 2011 by category. We hope you enjoy them as much as you did when we first posted them. – The KCM Crew Even the Naysayers Say Now Is the Time to Buy Business School professors Eli Beracha of East Carolina University and Ken H. Johnson of […]

Best Post of 2011: For Sellers

This week we are posting the best blogs of 2011 by category. We hope you enjoy them as much as you did when we first posted them. – The KCM Crew The First Question You Should Ask Your Listing Agent What is the most important thing a seller should look for when hiring a real […]

How Your Agent Markets Themselves Indicates How They Will Market Your Home

With the glut of available homes on the market, how your home is marketed is the biggest factor in determining how quickly it will sell (assuming the price is reasonably presented). A real estate agent’s marketing plan should be the most crucial determinant in deciding who to list your home with. But, how can you […]

The Evidence is in on the Choice of a Lockbox

Today, we are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. – The KCM Crew Does the choice of a lockbox matter?  Do the older type lockbox systems influence the […]

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Real Estate: Today’s Golden Opportunity

Everyone wants to comment on the current real estate market. They want to talk about how now is not the time to buy a home. Some even argue owning a house has never been a great investment. Most say it will be a long time before real estate again begins to appreciate. It all sounds […]

NAR’s Sales Count: Not News and Not Really Important

Last week, several people asked us to comment on how “important”  the “news” that the National Association of Realtors had miscalculated sales figures was. Two things: this is not news and we don’t necessarily think it is that important. Here is the original blog we posted on this issue back in February. – The KCM Crew […]

Why Involve a LENDER in the Home Selling Equation?

One thing many real estate agents have learned is the importance of having a team of professionals to facilitate a smooth transaction. Having a lending expert on the team, can make available the following services to you…all for FREE: They stand ready to screen all potential buyers. Today’s lending landscape is a rapidly changing environment. […]

The Need for a True Real Estate Professional

Anyone in the real estate industry for any length of time realizes that the education required and the resources necessary to be a true industry professional have dramatically increased over the last two decades. In today’s volatile market, it is necessary to have a true real estate professional if you want to sell your home […]

A Better Indicator of a Healthy Market: Liquidity

Today, we are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. – The KCM Crew What is the definition of a healthy housing market?  Is it a housing market in which home […]

Where Are the Generation Y Home Buyers?

Many buyers are delaying a decision to purchase a home because of the volatility of the real estate market. There is no larger category exhibiting this behavior than those of  Generation Y. To define this segment of the population, we go to Wikipedia: Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation (or Millennials), Generation Next, […]

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Houses Are On Sale Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]

The graphic depicts pricing of all homes from their ‘peak through current declines’ as per Case Shiller. This index looks at prices in 20 major metropolitan areas.

Each market peaked at different times. Therefore, the InfoGraphic doesn’t cover one segment of time. Here is a site where you can see when each market actually peaked:

http://www.housingviews.com/2011/11/29/how-the-cities-did-in-the-latest-release/how-cities-did-september-2011/

Common Sense Isn’t Common Practice

It used to be that there was logic applied in the world of mortgage lending. An appraiser determined the value of a home by the axiom, “what a reasonable buyer would pay a reasonable seller”. An underwriter weighed the plusses and minuses of a file (after analyzing the income, the assets, the credit profile and […]

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Do Subprime Concentrations Lead to Other Foreclosures?

We are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. – The KCM Crew Does the presence of a cluster of subprime mortgages in a neighborhood lead to a greater likelihood of […]

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Real Estate as a Hedge against Inflation

We haven’t heard a lot about inflation recently. However, prices have started to creep upward over the last year. As examples, here are a few categories that increased from November 2010 to November 2011: Food at home – up 6.2% Housing fuels and utilities – up 3.5% Transportation – up 9.2% Today, we want to […]

How To Position Yourself As The Go-To-Agent

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Challenges Also Seen in the Larger Mortgages

…And the Changes Keep Coming

With an election year right around the corner, it seems obvious that the world is full of flip-floppers, so why should housing and mortgage policy-makers be any different? Remember when the Federal Government was trying to ease its way out of being the dominant provider of mortgage financing (and trying to move people more into […]