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5 Tech Questions that Seniors Should Ask When Interviewing a Real Estate Agent

We are pleased to have Nikki Buckelew back as our guest blogger for today’s post. Nikki has extensive experience working with seniors and is the Founder & CEO of the Senior Real Estate Institute. Enjoy! – The KCM Crew  If you have not bought or sold a home in a few years (or maybe decades) […]

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The Deal of the Century??

Recently, Freddie Mac published a blog post titled Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century. They explained that, if you are planning to purchase a home, now may be the time: “If you are in the market to buy a home, today’s average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year […]

This Advice on Homeownership Hasn’t Changed in 200 Years

Last month, we reported that billionaire John Paulson believes in the financial advantages of homeownership. He has often repeated: “I 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.” However, he has not been the only billionaire to give such advice. […]

Tips for Success from the ‘Shark Tank’

If you’ve ever caught an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank, you’ve no doubt seen the difference having a savvy billionaire in your corner can make. Of course each ‘Shark’ that you see in the tank has their own success story to share, and all have turned their own businesses into million or billion dollar empires […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

Last week, we reported on the financial reasons purchasing a home in today’s market makes sense. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership. The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by […]

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Existing Home Sales Skyrocket! [INFOGRAPHIC]

NAR's EHS Report [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Home Sales Skyrocketing!!

Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report. The numbers shocked many analysts as they revealed a 10.4% increase over the same month last year. This is the highest number of sales since September 2013. Sales have increased year-over-year for six consecutive months and the 10.4% increase is the highest […]

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Good News for ‘Typical’ Home Buyers

In a speech delivered earlier this year, Secretary for HUD Julián Castro, called 2015 “A Year of Housing Opportunity”. A recent report by The National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that investment home sales decreased 7.4% in 2014 to an estimated 1.02 million. What does this mean for the ‘typical’ homebuyer? Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief […]

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We Need You(r House)!!

Though the real estate market has improved, we still have one item holding it back from a full recovery – a robust supply of homes for sale. Demand has increased dramatically. At the same time, housing inventory is decreasing especially at the lower price points. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed that there […]

How to Get Buyers & Sellers Off the Fence!

The busy spring buyers’ season is in full swing! In many areas of the country, in many price ranges, the lack of inventory available for sale may be a challenge for your buyers who are out in force! So how do you show potential sellers that now is a great time to list their home? […]

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Housing Market: Freddie Mac Remains Optimistic

The April 2015 U.S. Economic & Housing Market Outlook from Freddie Mac revealed that they are optimistic about the real estate market in 2015. As a matter of fact, the sub-title of the report was “Great Expectations”. What made Freddie Mac so optimistic? Here are a few highlights from the report: “For the remainder of […]

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I Need A VACATION… Home! [INFOGRAPHIC]

I Need A VACATION... Home!! [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Does Homeownership Make Sense Financially?

Everyone knows the social advantages of home ownership. However, some question the financial benefits of owning a home. Three recent studies shed some light on the issue. RealtyTrac recently released a report comparing home price appreciation to wage growth over the last two years. The study revealed that home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth […]

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Selling Your House in 2015? Don’t Miss this Opportunity

Every seller wants to get the best price for their house. We learned in high school that the best price for any item will be determined by the demand for that item relative to the supply of that item. We have reported that the inventory of houses for sale is well below normal numbers. There […]

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Desire to Own a Vacation Home Growing

The National Association of Realtors just released their 2015 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey which revealed that vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said favorable conditions are driving second-home sales: “Affluent households have greatly benefited from strong growth in the […]

Price it Right!!

In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than what the agent recommends. Here is a visual that might help: The KCM CrewWe believe every family should feel […]

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest 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 […]

4 Secrets To Getting Buyers & Sellers Off The Fence [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!

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How Quickly Are Homes Selling In Your State? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Median Days on the Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Is Getting a Mortgage Getting Easier?

There has been a lot of discussion about how difficult it is to get a home mortgage in this market. There is no doubt that the process is not as easy as it was eight to ten years ago and that’s probably good news. However, it does appear that availability to mortgage money is increasing […]

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Housing Market is Healthiest in Years!

According to Nationwide’s recently unveiled, Health of Housing Market (HoHM) Report, the US housing market is at it’s healthiest levels since the index’s creation in 2001. The index analyzes the health of the housing market across the country and in 373 metro areas every quarter. Using the data that they have collected over the past […]

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Pending Sales Surge: Great Sign for the Housing Market

The most recent Pending Homes Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors revealed that homes going into contract in February increased to their highest level since June 2013. The Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. A sale is listed as pending […]

Buyer’s Purchasing Power

Interest rates have remained low in recent months, but the experts agree, they will not remain under 4% for much longer. With rates projected to increase a full percentage point by this time next year, your clients who may be on the fence about a purchase need to know that the amount of house they […]

New Study: Homeownership Creates Family Wealth

Matthew Rognlie, from the Department of Economics at MIT, recently released a paper: Deciphering the Fall and Rise in the Net Capital Share. One of the major findings of the report is that homeownership is and has been for the last fifty years a major component to family wealth. An article on the study in […]

4 Secrets To Getting Buyers & Sellers Off The Fence [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!