Millennials: Optimistic & Ready to Buy

We believe that 2014 will be the year that Millennials re-enter the housing market in a big way. Because of that, we will be dedicating our blog posts each day this week to a better understanding of this generation. – The KCM Crew A recent survey by the PulteGroup revealed that the Millennial generation has […]

Speak Intelligently about the Home Sales Numbers

It is crucially important that, as experts in the real estate field, we can articulate what is actually taking place in the housing market…especially when news headlines are causing confusion. That is definitely the case right now when it comes to existing home sales numbers. Overall, sales volumes are down. We realize that. However, a […]

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3 Reasons the Housing Market Should Thrive in 2014

Recently, HousingWire asked David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide, for his opinion on the near-term future of housing. Below are what Mr. Berson believes to be the three things you need to know about housing in 2014. We have included a quote from the article and a small comment from KCM for all three points. […]

Freddie Mac: Doubtful Rates Will Return to Recent Lows

“One thing seems certain: we aren’t likely to see average 30-year fixed mortgage rates return to the historic lows experienced in 2012.” – Freddie Mac,  March 24, 2014 There are those that hope that 30-year mortgage interest rates will head back under 4%. Obviously, for any prospective home purchaser that would be great news. However, there […]

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The Truth About NAR’s Home Sales Numbers

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Homes Sales Report last Friday. The year-over-year comparison of overall sales did not paint a pretty picture. NAR itself called the sales numbers “subdued”. Other media sources used stronger terminology. There is no doubt that home sales were lower this February (4.60 million) than last […]

Spring Buyer & Seller Guides Available Now!

Happy Spring! With the changing of the seasons, comes more than just warm weather! We are happy to announce that the Spring Buyer and Seller Guides are now available under Content -> Buyer/Seller Guides.         The KCM CrewWe believe every family should feel confident when buying & selling a home. KCM helps […]

Money Magazine: Buy Now Not Later

We have often suggested that potential home buyers consider rising interest rates when thinking about the true cost of a home. Remember, cost is not determined by price alone but by price and mortgage rate. The longer a buyer waits, the higher the mortgage payment will be if rates continue to increase (as is projected […]

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Do People See You as the Real Estate Expert?

“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 […]

Real Estate Experts Will Always Be In Demand

The KCM Crew is happy to have Nikki Buckelew as our guest blogger again today. Nikki was inspired by KCM’s free eGuide, Unlocking the Secrets of Real Estate’s New Market Reality. Isn’t it cool when all the actions you have been taking begin to align and the dots connect in precisely the right way, leading […]

5 REASONS TO SELL NOW

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are five of those reasons. 1. The Most Serious […]

5 REASONS TO BUY A HOME NOW

Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should consider buying. 1. Competition is about to Increase Every spring a surge of prospective purchasers enter the housing market. Like you, […]

Keep Your Fingers to the Pulse of Inventory Levels

The housing market is changing dramatically as we speak. Regions that virtually had no housing inventory just twelve months ago are now seeing a surge of homes coming to market. As an example, let’s look at Phoenix – one of the hardest hit markets during the housing crisis. Last year, real estate agents in Phoenix […]

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Hoarding Homeowners Present Challenges for Agents

The KCM Crew welcomes back Nikki Buckelew as our guest contributor today. Congratulations! You received a “come list me” call from one of your mailings and have just scheduled a new listing appointment! The home is located in a highly sought after part of town where the property values have steadily increased and homes are […]

Buying a Home Less Expensive than Renting – by 38%!

Trulia released their Rent vs. Buy Report last week. The report explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metro areas by an average of 38%! The other interesting findings in the report include: Even though prices increased sharply in many markets over the past year, low mortgage rates have […]

Home Sales: Are They Increasing or Decreasing?

There has been a lot of chatter about the last few Existing Home Sales Reports from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Year-over-year sales have been down four of the last five months. Experts are asking whether or not the housing recovery is beginning to stall. Let’s take a closer look at the data. It […]

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Where Prices are Headed over the Next 5 Years?

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. […]

Equity Situation Improving Nationwide

Last week, CoreLogic released their 2013 4Q Home Equity Report. The report revealed the following: 4 million residential properties regained equity in 2013 An additional 1.2 million properties would regain equity if home prices rose another 5% There are still 6.5 million properties in negative equity The percentage of homes with a mortgage in negative […]

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How to Price Real Estate

Today we are excited to welcome back Ashley Garner as our guest writer today. Ashley has been a broker for over 20 years in the Wilmington, NC area. – The KCM Crew Location may have the most effect on value but Price is without question the most important factor controlling the sale of real estate.  […]

Buying a Home? How the Serenity Prayer May Help

You may be frustrated while attempting to buy a home in today’s market. You may feel powerless to the process. How could YOU possibly know whether the current good news about housing will continue? There is no doubt that today’s real estate market is extremely difficult to navigate. However, we want you to know that thousands […]

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Should I Rent My House If I Can’t Sell It?

A recent study has concluded that 39% of buyers prefer to rent out their last residence rather than sell it when purchasing their next home. The study cites that many homeowners were able to refinance and “locked in a very low mortgage rate in recent years. That low rate, combined with a strong rental market, […]