Monday Morning Motivation

The Importance of KCM Several years ago, we at Keeping Current Matters (KCM) realized that the real estate industry was experiencing a revolutionary change. The information that consumers depended on us for in the past (which houses were for sale, what were the selling prices of similar houses in the neighborhood) was now being broadcast across the […]

Buyers: Window of Opportunity Still Open

The Fed recently announced they would continue their current pace of purchasing bonds until the economy was stronger. This bond purchasing program is the reason that mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. Rates began to increase over the last several months just on the anticipation that the Fed would announce that they would be […]

NAR’s Projections through 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Homeowners Insurance Cost?

Our guest blogger for today is Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley, Editor of the HomeInsurance.com blog. The HomeInsurance.com blog provides tips for consumers on a wide variety of topics ranging from home maintenance to insurance shopping. – The KCM Crew Your credit score and your insurance payments- what’s the connection? You’re likely not surprised when your loan […]

Agents: Spend Your Time Prospecting

Today, we are honored to have Justin DeCesare, CEO of Middleton & Associates Real Estate in La Jolla, as our guest blogger. Justin has written a manual for new agents that is a must read for the new technology centered Real Estate market. It is available online in both print and Kindle editions. – The KCM Crew In […]

Welcome to the New KCM!

Here it is! Over the past few months, our crew has been working diligently to put together a brand new website, bringing our blog and membership website together. We’re so excited to show you the new look and feel of KCM. In addition to the new design, we’ve also included some exciting new features for […]

Mortgage Rates after the Bernanke Announcement

Last week, Bernard Bernanke startled many by announcing that the Fed will not wind down their bond buying program right now. The program is part of an overall stimulus package geared at bringing back the national economy. The Fed’s purchase of these bonds over the last few years has driven mortgage rates to historic lows. […]

Dear KCM Members,

First off, we just want to personally say, “Welcome to the new KCM!” We’re so excited to finally let you in and see the new design of KCM. We want our members to know how much they mean to us and we feel that this is just a small token of our appreciation. It’s our […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Website Coming Soon

On Monday, Sept 23rd, we will be launching our new website. We wanted to give you a heads up so you’re not alarmed by the new look and feel of the KCM Blog. We’ll also be merging our membership website with our blog. That way, every piece of content we provide is all in one […]

Coffee & Bagel or Financial Freedom? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Today’s InfoGraphic courtesy of our great friend Dave Savage from Mortgage Coach.

Here is an EDGE VIDEO Dave created to help you see how to take this concept and tailor it for specific homebuyers.

What to Consider When Buying a Second Home

Today we are happy to have Mark Scheets, an SEO & Digital Marketing Consultant, as our guest blogger. – The KCM Crew Sooner or later you may reach a point in your life where you are financially stable and plan to purchase a second home. For the most part, people who look to buy a second […]

Wealthy Pick Real Estate Over the Stock Market

We are taught from birth that the quickest way to achieve a goal is to seek out those who have already accomplished the goal and do what they do. Interested in creating wealth? It seems the wealthy trust real estate as an investment before even the stock market. A recent survey revealed that 75 percent […]

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Experts Comment on the Housing Market

Rick Judson, chairman of NAHB Responding to the report that over 80% of housing markets are improving: “While there is still plenty of room for growth, this is an excellent indication of how the housing recovery has begun to take hold across more geographical areas.” Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo Chief Financial Officer “When you look […]

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Housing Inventory Making a Comeback

The shortage of homes for sale earlier in the year created an imbalance of supply to demand which resulted in double digit year-over-year price increases nationally. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the inventory of homes for sale is now beginning to reach more normal levels. The article reported: “Housing inventories increased in […]

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Are You Applying for Top Agent or Top Chef?

We are sometimes amused by the marketing strategies being used by many real estate agents. We often question whether they are trying to build a brand as a true real estate professional or one as a great culinary expert. Cherry pie and chocolate chip cookie recipes abound. Is that the way you want the consumer […]

Pricing Your House to Sell Can Be Tricky

The housing market is finally recovering. Sales are up and so are prices. That means good news for anyone thinking about selling. However, we must be careful not to fall into the trap of over exuberance. Pricing a house incorrectly when it is first listed for sale can be a huge mistake. Ken H. Johnson, […]

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Thinking of Selling Your House? 5 Reasons to Do it Now

Many now realize that it is a great time to buy a home. Today, we want to look at why it might also be an opportune time to sell your house. Here are the Top 5 Reasons we believe now may be a perfect time to put your house on the market. 1.) Demand Is […]

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Why Do American Families Buy a Home?

There is a plethora of opinions voiced by real estate gurus as to why the dream of home ownership is so important to most Americans. However, study after study reveals the same five reasons families decide to buy a home. They… Want a good place to raise children Want a place where their family feels […]

How to Use Facebook to Build Your Real Estate Brand [WEBINAR]

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!

Housing Data: Past & Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Powerful Presentations a Must in Today’s Environment

When it comes to choosing their real estate professional, consumers have higher expectations today than ever before. They want someone who: Truly understands every nuance of the current real estate market and Can simply and effectively explain what impact the market will have on their real estate goals To satisfy these requirements, today’s real estate […]

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Harvard: Homeownership Still the American Dream

A big question facing the real estate industry over the last few years is how the housing crisis would impact the public’s belief in homeownership as a major component of the American Dream. Many felt the tragedy experienced by so many families would force them to reconsider their desire to ever be a homeowner again. […]

Should I Wait for Interest Rates to Come Back Down?

Above is a graph of the movement of the 30 year fixed mortgage rate since the beginning of 2012. Some buyers are waiting to see if interest rates will come back down before making a decision about buying a home. Though no one can guarantee where rates will be in a few months, we don’t […]

Enjoy the Holiday

The housing recovery is creating jobs and helping bring the economy back. 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 […]