Existing Home Sales & Prices [INFOGRAPHIC]

Existing Home Sales & Prices [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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13,808 Houses Sold Yesterday! Did Yours?

There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is… If it hasn’t sold yet, maybe it’s not priced properly. After all 13,808 houses sold yesterday, 13,808 will sell today and […]

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The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset Set the fee […]

Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall. A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) […]

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5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real […]

Latest Equity Report Released

CoreLogic’s Q3 Equity Report was recently released. As a whole, the country has recovered well from the negative equity situation that existed previously. We now stand at 89.8% equity share as a nation. According to CoreLogic’s Methodology: “The amount of equity for each property is determined by comparing the estimated current value of the property […]

Equity Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

Equity Report [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Thinking Of Selling? Now May Be The Time

It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off putting their home on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring […]

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Attaining the American Dream: 5 Financial Reasons to Buy

Heading into 2015 many people have their sights set on buying a home. The personal reasons differ for each buyer, with many basic similarities. Eric Belsky, the Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University expanded on the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership his paper – The Dream Lives On: […]

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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually […]

Buyer’s Purchasing Power Slides Updated!

We wanted to let all our members know that we have updated the Buyer’s Purchasing Power slides to reflect a more relevant interest rate range (3.75 – 5.25%). You can find the slides in 10 different price ranges by visiting the Infographics page and clicking on the Purchasing Power icon. These slides show exactly how the […]

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Don’t Wait! Move Up To The House You Always Wanted

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. In most areas, prices are still below those of a few years ago. Also, interest rates are still near 4%. However, sellers should realize that waiting to make the move while mortgage rates are […]

How to Become a Rainmaker for Listing Leads [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!

Talking Real Estate [INFOGRAPHIC]

Talking Real Estate [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Buying A House? Everyone Seems To Think This Is The Time

There are many people deciding on whether to sign a new lease on a rental property or take the dive into homeownership. Every situation is different. However, with rents, home values and mortgage interest rates projected to rise, buying now might make a lot more sense than waiting until next year. Here are others who […]

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New Fannie Mae Appraisal Program: Helping or Hurting?

Every home must be sold TWICE! Once to the buyer, and once to the bank appraiser if a mortgage is involved. The second sale may have just become more difficult. A new program announced by Fannie Mae may slow down the home-sale closing process by causing more disputes over prices between sellers and buyers. In […]

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5 Demands to Make on Your Listing Agent

Are you thinking of selling your house? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just […]

Cost Of Waiting Slides Available!

In the January KCM, we gave you the Cost of Waiting slides that you have become familiar with, in three different price ranges as they refer to the Move-Up Buyer. We wanted to be able to give you these slides in 10 prices ranges to help your clients see the Cost of Waiting in their budget range. […]

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Did It Make Sense to Wait?

There are many people out there who debated purchasing a home over the course of the last year, but ultimately did not. Whatever their reasons were for delaying, let’s look at whether the decision to wait to buy made sense. What happened in 2014? The 30 year fixed rate on January 2, 2014 was 4.53% […]

How to Become a Rainmaker for Listing Leads [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 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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A Stunning $441 Billion Paid in Rent

A recently released study revealed that a whopping $441 Billion was spent on rents in the U.S. in 2014. This represents an increase of over $20 Billion from the year before. As shown on the chart below, rents have increased consistently over the last 20+ years. However, the recent increases have been astounding. Why such […]

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4 Reasons to Buy Before Spring!

The holiday season is behind us, time to focus on what exciting new experiences 2015 can bring! If you are planning on becoming a homeowner, or moving up to the home of your dreams in 2015, here are four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting until spring. 1. Prices Will […]

Where will Mortgage Rates be Headed in 2015?

We finished 2014 with the 30 year fixed mortgage rate at 3.87% as per Freddie Mac. This is very close to the historic lows in the spring of 2013. However, the Mortgage Bankers Association projects mortgage rates to be about 5% by the end of 2015. The website Investopedia agrees and gives some perspective on […]

A Generation’s Family Wealth is at Stake

As we have reported multiple times, the Federal Reserve has determined that a homeowner’s net worth is 36x greater than that of a renter. There are many renters out there who want to become homeowners, but don’t believe that they can afford to make the jump. There are also many Millennials that haven’t yet left […]