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Why Waiting To Buy Might Not Make Sense

Whether you are a first time or a move-up buyer, there are two factors that will impact the amount of house you can afford in your price range: home prices & mortgage rates. Let’s look at what the experts are predicting over the next twelve months for these two areas: PRICES Over 100 economists, real […]

More Home Buying Education Please!

For the last three years, TD Bank has surveyed consumers across the nation who have purchased a home within the last 10 years about their home buying experiences & mortgage behaviors to compile their Mortgage Service Index. Great News! Of those surveyed, 68% of respondents say their most recent experience purchasing a home was excellent […]

Why You Should Sell Now!

As the temperature rises, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream home. Inventory is still below historic numbers and demand is strong. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for you and your family. Here are five reasons to list your home now. 1. Demand is Strong Foot traffic refers to the number […]

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NAR’s Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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Housing Inventory Slowly Disappearing

The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Home Sales Report this week. Inventory Levels & Demand Amidst reporting on the fact that sales of existing homes rose 1.2% from January, and outpaced year-over-year figures for […]

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Baby Boomers: Home Is Where The Heart Is

Within the next five years, Baby Boomers are projected to have the largest household growth of any other generation during that same time period, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Let’s take a look at why… In Merrill Lynch’s latest study, “Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices” they surveyed nearly […]

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5 Demands to Make on Your Listing Agent

The busy spring real estate season is here. 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 […]

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Freddie Mac’s New 3% Down Program

Today, Freddie Mac is scheduled to start buying mortgages with down payments of only three percent – the first time down payments have been this low on Freddie Mac loans in nearly five years. The program is called Freddie Mac Home Possible AdvantageSM. In a recent Executive Perspectives, Dave Lowman EVP, Single-Family Business Freddie Mac, […]

The Spring 2015 Buyer & Seller Guides Are Here!

The Spring 2015 Buyer & Seller Guides are now available for Download & Customization! As with prior seasons, we’ve provided you with “Things to Consider When Buying a Home” & “Things to Consider When Selling Your House” in English & Spanish and in both PDF and the ever popular, editable, PowerPoint version. Download Them Today! Simply […]

Home Prices Over 30 Years [INFOGRAPHIC]

Home Prices over 30 Years [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Billionaire Says Real Estate is Best Investment Possible

Billionaire money manager John Paulson was interviewed at the Delivering Alpha Conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor. During his session 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 person who, back in 2005 & 2006, […]

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Don’t Get Caught in the ‘Renter’s Trap’

There are many benefits to homeownership, one of top ones, is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just released their findings of a study in which they studied “income growth, housing costs and changes in […]

Don’t Let Your “Luck” Run Out

The 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate is currently still below 4%. Many buyers may be on the fence as to whether to act now and purchase a new home, or wait until next year, believing they still have time to lock in a low rate. If you look at what the experts are predicting over […]

Unemployment & The Housing Market

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released their latest report showing that for the first time since 1984, unemployment fell in every state and D.C. last year. Below is a map showing the decline year-over-year from 2013-2014. In 2014, fourteen states had unemployment levels below 5%, while the nation as a whole stayed below double […]

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Location, Location, Location

A recent Demand Institute report revealed “nearly half of all American households plan to move at some point in the future.” Seventy-five percent of those surveyed in the report cited one or more ‘location-related reasons’ for their eagerness to move. Here are the top 5 reasons: Safer Neighborhood – 30% Closer to Family – 27% […]

A Snapshot of Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Snapshot of Homebuyers | Keeping Current Matters

Is Another Bubble Forming?

After the housing market bust we experienced across the country in 2008, many experts have been quick to warn that a new bubble may be forming in some areas. One particular example of this is a recent article pointing toward the California Bay Area’s price gains over the last 18 months. The quickest and easiest […]

FSBO’s Must Be Ready to Negotiate

Now that the market has showed signs of recovery, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must realize their ability […]

Homeownership is the “American Dream” for a Reason

There have been some who have voiced doubt as to whether or not the younger generations still consider buying a home as being part of the “American Dream”. A recent study by Merrill Lynch puts that doubt to rest. According to their research, every living generation still maintains that owning a home is in fact important. […]

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Is the Housing Market Back? Ask Lowes & Home Depot!

A recent Bloomberg Business article reports that both Lowes & Home Depot experienced fourth quarter profits that beat revenue projections by the most in six quarters. So what does that mean to the housing market? Consumer Confidence Lowe’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Niblock said, “Consumers are feeling better about their jobs, their wages and certainly […]

Join the Conversation!

If you haven’t yet joined the exclusive “Members Only” Facebook Group… What are you waiting for? Are you a new agent looking for some guidance on where to start in your KCM Membership? or your business? Are you a veteran agent looking for new ideas to use in your business? Have a question for The […]

The Difference an Hour Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Difference an Hour Makes [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Hurry Up!! Call your Agent and List your House!!

That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2015 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME! We realize that existing home sales stumbled in January compared to December. But, if we compare the […]

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Housing Market to “Spring Forward”

Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward”! Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market. Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their […]

New Construction = 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 (only 11% of homes sold in January). Many homeowners are now thinking of […]