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The Cost of Owning a Home (Last 20 Years)

Notes from the report: Prices and mortgage payments are based on the median existing single-family home price, averaged from quarterly data to obtain annual prices. Mortgage payments are calculated using the interest-rate average for that year and assume a 20% downpayment and fixed 30-year term. Rent is the median gross monthly rent from the 2010 […]

Sell On the Go with Your iPad

We’re honored to have Matthew Ferrara share his knowledge and wisdom on the technologies you can use to benefit your business. – The KCM Crew Get ready for a whole new level of mobile sales productivity – with an iPad! For years, REALTORS® have worked to increase access to important sales information while on the […]

The Real Value of Homeownership…It’s Not Monetary

There are numerous media sources reporting the advantages and disadvantages of homeownership. Every expert (from international money managers who have hundreds of billions of dollars of assets under management to local and national real estate experts) has chimed in on the subject. The bottom line is that the percentage of folks that own a home […]

Experts Say Housing Prices Are About to Turn

Each quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a “distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts regarding their 5-year expectations for future home prices in the United States.” Here are the results of their latest survey: Price appreciation/depreciation expected over the next five years: 2012:   -.4% 2013:   +1.3% 2014:   +2.6% 2015:   +3.2% 2016:   +3.5% […]

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Harvard University: Echo Boomers to Drive Recovery

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University just released their annual State of the Nation’s Housing 2012. In the report, Harvard explained that, starting this year and continuing over the next twenty years, the echo boomers (born in the late 1970s and early 1980s) will drive the housing market. “After several false starts, […]

Under-35 Population Staying Home Not Buying One [INFOGRAPHIC]

[INFOGRAPHIC] 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!

Sizzle vs. Steak or Sizzle AND Steak?

It’s often so difficult to choose who to work with in a real estate transaction. It’s tough to know the great agents and loan officers. I believe finding the great ones can truly prove to be a gift to your future. What is the “Steak”? To me, that’s the part of the agent or loan […]

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Owning a Home: A Good or Bad Thing?

We love to hear from our readers. Last week, we received this email from Neal Paskvan who is an agent at Baird & Warner, a real estate firm in the Chicago area. “I was at my mother-in-law’s home yesterday and some of her neighbors (a few older couples) started showing me their Chicago tax bills and the average […]

Another Positive Report for Real Estate

We often report on shadow inventory and its impact on home prices. We are pleased to announce that CoreLogic just reported that the amount of shadow inventory has fallen to levels not seen since 2008.  Mark Fleming, their chief economist, explains: “Since peaking at 2.1 million units in January 2010, the shadow inventory has fallen by […]

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News Flash: Lenders Are Busy

We live in a post-subprime world…and with that, come some good things and some not-so-good things. Much of the “bad” in mortgages has been cleansed (bad loan products and many of the unqualified “professionals”). And that is good. But another consequence of the past five or so years is the shear loss of people who […]

Don’t Buy a Home. Buy Whiskey and Shotguns.

In yesterday’s blog, we discussed the motivations Kevin Miller, a KCM Crew member, had for purchasing a home. Though we didn’t receive any public disagreement on the wisdom of Kevin’s decision, there were several people who privately expressed their concern for Kevin. They questioned whether it was wise to purchase a home with such economic […]

Buying a Home? What About Greece? The Election?

Our founder, Steve Harney, occasionally asks to do a personal post on what he sees as important to our industry. Today is one of those days. Enjoy! – The KCM Crew As I travel across the country speaking with thousands of agents a month, I am always amazed at the first two questions I am […]

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National Headlines and Local Real Estate Markets

Do National Real Estate Headlines Actually Influence Local Markets? This is a question we are frequently asked. Local real estate professionals know the best information for either buyers or sellers is local market data. However, we must realize that what happens in the national real estate market dramatically impacts regional and local markets. For example: […]

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Judicial and Non-Judicial States

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In judicial states the foreclosure process must be handled through the state’s court system thus extending the timelines to bring a home to foreclosure.

Green Mortgages

With spring in full bloom and the landscape at its peak greenness, I was moved to share my thoughts on how smart financing can help the environment. Beyond the paperless mortgage that can save trees, I am talking about two loan products that can finance energy efficient improvements to your home. And both can be […]

New Single Family Homes: 2011 vs 2006

The Census Bureau just released their findings on new single family residential construction built in 2011. Here is a table comparing  last year to 2006: 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 & […]

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Everybody Calm Down! The Sky Is NOT Falling

After weeks of continuous good news about the housing market, the naysayers jumped all over this month’s Pending Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Pending sales were down from the previous month. This must be proof that all that other positive news on real estate should be ignored – right? WRONG!! It […]

The Emotion Driving the Housing Recovery

This blog often discusses the data behind the housing market. Today, we want to address the emotion behind the market comeback; a belief in homeownership which is still alive and well in this country. A study conducted by Coldwell Banker and psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig found that owning a home is still very much a […]

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Foreclosure Inventory: Highest & Lowest States*

*as a percentage of all mortgaged homes

For more information go here.

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