NAR’s Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. Below is a chart created […]

Are House Prices Beginning to Accelerate Again?

In a recent post, we explained that the supply of homes for sale in December was at its lowest level in over a year. The January National Housing Trend Report from realtor.com now reveals that inventory in January has decreased another 6.7% month over month and 8.7% year over year. This is occurring at the […]

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Home Sales are NOT Collapsing!

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) just released their Existing Home Sales report and some have taken the results and ran with headlines like: “Existing home sales collapse in January despite low mortgage rates”. Let’s take a closer look at what the report really shows. There is a seasonality to home sales that happens every […]

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Thinking of Buying? What are you waiting for?

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 Continue to Rise The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment […]

Home Price Expectation Survey Slides Available!

Every quarter Pulsenomics releases the results of their Home Price Expectation Survey. They survey “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.”  Due to the fact that they are predicting where prices will be the results are released […]

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The Truth About US Homeownership Rates [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Truth About US Homeownership Rates | Keeping Current Matters

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Two Graphs that Scream – List Your Home Today!

We all learned in school that when selling anything, you will get the most money if the demand for that item is high and the inventory of that item is low. It is the well-known Theory of Supply & Demand. If you are thinking of selling your home, here are two graphs that strongly suggest […]

Homeownership Rates: Are They Really Crashing?

The Census recently released their 2014 Homeownership Statistics, and many began to worry that Americans have taken a step back from the notion of homeownership. Easy… Chicken Little The national homeownership rate peaked in 2004, representing a 69.2% of Americans who bought vs. rented their primary residence. Many have noticed a decline in rate since […]

Home Prices: A 5-Year Outlook

With inventory presently below historically normal levels, current & future home prices have been the topic of many real estate conversations. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey was just released; giving insight into where experts believe prices will be leading up to 2019. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over 100 economists, real estate […]

New KCM Feature: Categories

We are happy to now offer categorized KCM content! We have compiled our most popular and relevant content into 5 categories, making your Membership materials even easier to access. Now you can quickly find client specific content with a single click right from the KCM website. Select Categories from the Content menu to get started, […]

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2015: A Year of Housing Opportunity

Many believed that when the housing market crashed, so too would the desire of American’s to own a home again. Many reports have shown that, especially among younger generations, the American Dream of homeownership is still very much alive. Julián Castro, Secretary for HUD, recently summed up what it means to own a home in […]

5 Reasons to Love Using a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Reasons to Love Using a Real Estate Professional [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Either Way, You’re Paying a Mortgage

There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: […]

Foreclosure Inventory Down 34.3% from Last Year

According to the latest CoreLogic National Foreclosure Report, “approximately 552,000 homes in the US were in some state of foreclosure as of December 2014”. This figure is down 34.3% from the 840,000 homes in December of 2013. December marked the 38th consecutive month in which there were year-over-year declines. Anand Nallathambl, the President and CEO of CoreLogic, is hopeful for the […]

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Consumer Confidence at Highest Level in Over a Decade

Two recently released reports reveal that the American public is starting to feel much better about the U.S. economy. The University of Michigan’s Surveys of Consumers showed that: “Consumer optimism reached the highest level in the past decade in the January 2015 survey…Consumers judged prospects for the national economy as the best in a decade, […]

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Net Worth: A Homeowner’s is 36x Greater Than A Renter!

Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they […]

Net Worth Slides

A homeowner’s net worth is 36x greater than that of a renter! The Federal Reserve Study that we reported on this week, illustrates just one of the many reasons why homeownership makes sense for Americans. We wanted to make the Net Worth slides readily available for you here to be able to share with your […]

Moving Across America [INFOGRAPHIC]

Moving Across America [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Real Estate Heading in the “Right Direction”

The housing market has taken a great turn toward recovery over the last few years. The opinions of the American public toward real estate took longer to recover, until recently. For the first time since 2006, Americans have an overall positive view of real estate, giving the industry a 12% positive ranking in a Gallup poll. […]

The Difference Between A Home’s Cost vs. Price

As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home. Let us explain. There are many […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five reasons: 1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With Here is a […]

Groundhog… Come Out & Share

Depending on which groundhog prediction you subscribe to in your area of the country the headlines will all read, Spring is Coming! Or More Winter Ahead! No matter what your favorite mammal has predicted, one thing is for sure, the busy real estate season is right around the corner! Make sure that you are out […]

No Matter What the Groundhog Says… You Should Sell Before Spring!

Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases […]