The Growth of Latino-Owned Farms in the U.S.A.

Today we are pleased to have the VP of Spanish KCM, Jeymy Gonzalez, as our guest blogger. Jeymy has personal experience with the challenges Hispanics may face during the real estate process and works to assist this community with guidance and education. Enjoy! – The KCM Crew A recent Fox News Latino article talks about the […]

Buying a Home? You Don’t Need to Do It Alone

Last week, Discover Home Loans released an interesting survey which revealed how prepared home buyers are for the actual mortgage process. The survey reported that 94 percent of prospective buyers believe they are making a good investment decision if they buy a home. The survey also explained that 66 percent of buyers reach out to […]

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Zillow + Trulia: Why It is NOT the End for Agents

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 Yesterday, Zillow announced the acquisition of Trulia. Some industry experts are predicting the end of the real estate business as we know it. They […]

Buying a House? 4 Reasons to DO IT NOW

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be […]

The ‘Why’ of KCM

Earlier this month at our annual retreat, the KCM Crew set out to truly define the beliefs that drive us every day to do what we do. We were committed to establishing the actual “WHY” of KCM. Here it is: “We believe every family should feel confident when buying and selling a home. KCM helps […]

NAR’s June Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

NAR's June Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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What Is Holding Back the Real Estate Market?

Though the housing market is recovering nicely, it is not doing quite as well as some analysts had predicted. There has been no shortage of excuses offered as to why this is: the rise in interest rates, more stringent lending standards, the weather. However, we feel that there is one factor that is most responsible […]

Billionaire says Real Estate is Best Investment Possible

Billionaire money manager John Paulson was interviewed last week at the Delivering Alpha Conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor. He boldly stated: “I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you’re the owner-occupier of.” Who is John Paulson? Paulson is the […]

Foreclosure Inventory Down 37% over Last Year!

According to the latest CoreLogic National Foreclosure Report, “approximately 660,000 homes in the US were in some state of foreclosure as of May 2014”. This figure is down 37% from the 1 million homes in May of 2013. May marked the 31st consecutive month in which there were year-over-year declines. Mark Fleming chief economist for […]

Selling Your House? 5 Reasons to Do It 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. Demand is Strong […]

Educating the Consumer is Our Most Important Job

Two weeks ago, we addressed the importance of informing the public about what is actually taking place with lending standards. Too many studies are being released revealing the gap between the reality of the home buying process and what the public believes to be true (their reality). It should be our mission to make sure […]

Free Webinar | The 4 Keys to Prospecting for Listings that SELL!

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The Cost of Waiting a Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cost of Waiting a Year | Keeping Current Matters

Millennials: How Many are Actually ‘Living with their Parents’?

Every day we are pleasantly surprised with the research coming forward regarding the Millennial generation. Whether it was the over-exaggeration of the student debt challenge, the misbelief that they are not yet ready to buy or the under estimation of their actual home purchases, evidence is beginning to debunk the myths many have held about […]

How Much of a Down Payment Do You Actually Need?

A recent survey by Zelman & Associates revealed that 38% of those between the ages of 25-29 years old and 42% of those between the ages of 30-34 years old believe that a minimum of 15% is required as a down payment to purchase a home. A recent questionnaire administered by Freddie Mac showed that […]

Home Mortgage Rates: Where are They Headed?

Many of our readers ask us where interest rates are headed over the next several months. While no one has a crystal ball, we did want to share what some experts are saying on the subject. HSH.com “For now, and likely through the summer, we may see data-driven bumps and dips in rates. Although we […]

The ‘Reason’s To Own’ Series is Now Available!

In June we celebrated National Homeownership Month by sharing a few of the ‘Reasons to Own’ as per Harvard University’s Joint Center For Housing Studies on the KCM Blog. Many of you reached out to us for the remainder of the series, and as promised, we have released them with the July edition of KCM. […]

13,397 Houses Sold Yesterday!

If you read certain headlines, you might be led to believe that the housing recovery has come to a screeching halt. Naysayers are claiming that the threat of rising mortgage rates and a lack of consumer confidence are keeping Americans on the fence when it comes to purchasing real estate. That is actually far from […]

How do you Prospect for Listings that SELL? [FREE 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!

NAR’s Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

NAR's Existing Home Sales Report | Keeping Current Matters

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When Character is More Valuable than Competence

Today we are pleased to have Nikki Buckelew back as our guest blogger. Nikki is considered a leading authority on seniors real estate and housing. Enjoy! – The KCM Crew It was her 80th birthday and as Sue’s family gathered around in celebration, she announced a major decision. After years of toying with the idea, she […]

Is Residential Real Estate Really a ‘Crapshoot’?

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 That is what a headline announced in a CNNMoney post Monday. They were quoting Karl Case “an economist whose name is synonymous with home prices. […]

Thinking of Selling? New Construction Will Soon Be New Competition

For the last several years, home sellers had to compete with huge inventories of distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales). The great news is that the supply of these properties is falling like a rock in the vast majority of housing markets. Many homeowners are now thinking of selling as the impact of this substantially […]

Approach EVERY Appointment with the “Heart of a Teacher”

One of the pillars of KCM is that we will approach every appointment with the “heart of a teacher” not the “heart of a salesperson”. This principle has never been more important than it is in this current market. Sellers are confused about whether or not to move-up to the home of their dreams. If […]

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Moving Up: Was it Worth Waiting?

New reports are revealing that the number of months’ inventory of existing homes available for sale is increasing. Some of these sellers are moving up, some are downsizing and others are making a lateral move. There is no way for us to predict the future but we can look at what happened over the last […]