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Buyer Demand Exceeds Housing Supply [INFOGRAPHIC]

Buyer Demand Exceeds Housing Supply [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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If You are Thinking of Selling, Now’s the Time

If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is […]

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Homeownership as an Investment: The Role of Price Appreciation

We recently posted on the results from the latest Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) showing where residential home prices are headed over the next five years. Today, we want to show you what the results of the report could mean to you. A good portion of every family’s wealth comes from the equity in the […]

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“Lagging Supply” Leads to Slowdown in Sales

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released the results of their Existing Home Sales Report. Despite the fact that properties are selling faster than they have at any other time since July of 2013, existing home sales declined 3.3% from March. NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun explained the main reason for the slow: “April’s […]

Summer is Around the Corner… Be Prepared

The busy spring buyers season is in full swing, and summer is around the corner! With the temperatures and the housing market heating up, people will seek you out to help answer their questions about today’s real estate market. Whether at a family barbecue, block party, your child’s little league game, be prepared by going […]

All Gave Some. Some Gave All

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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New Construction: Hear Those Hammers in the Background?

If you are planning on selling your home over the next two years, now may be the time to act. Demand is high, supply is low and many homeowners are benefiting from an almost auction atmosphere with several buyers fighting for their house in the current multi-bid environment. Higher prices and less stringent contingencies are […]

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More Home Buyers Putting Less Down

A recent post by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that in the months of December 2014 through February 2015, there was an increase in the number of first-time buyers making a down payment of 6% or less as compared to last year: 2014: 61% of first time home buyers 2015: 66% of first […]

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Where Are Prices Headed In The Next 5 Years?

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average […]

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Buying a Home is 35% Less Expensive than Renting!

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. The updated numbers actually show that the range is from an average of 16% in Honolulu (HI), all the way to 55% […]

Home Price Expectation Survey Slides [UPDATE]

The latest Home Price Expectation Survey results are out! Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.  Our full pricing update will […]

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The Difference Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Difference Your Interest Rate Makes [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Housing Update: Demand Up, Supply Down, Prices Increasing

Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest quarterly report. The report covered three important aspects of the housing market: Buyer Demand Supply of Housing Inventory Single Family Residential Prices Today, we want to break down the highlights of the report along with several quotes from Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist […]

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You Want to Raise My Rent How Much?

We recently reported that investment purchases in 2014 fell 7.4% for the year, that combined with a diminished supply of distressed inventory allowing for big profits, has real estate investors looking for a new way to make more money in 2015. So if they don’t have new properties to buy… how would they make more […]

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The Truth About Rising Prices & Family Wealth

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released a report revealing that the growing wealth gap in this country has been impacted by the recent increases in real estate values coupled with the drop in homeownership rates. The report discloses: “Over 90 percent of metro areas have experienced declining homeownership rates at a time when […]

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Attaining the American Dream: The 5 Financial Reasons to Buy

We have reported many times that the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. The personal reasons to own 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 in his paper […]

Prices & Time Since The Peak [UPDATED]

We know how many Members LOVE this slide! The new report from CoreLogic was just released showing the percent change in price and time since each state’s individual peak. Many agents use this slide to show their clients that although prices are on their way up, in some areas they are still a far cry […]

Listing Inventory: Conquering Every Agent’s Biggest Challenge [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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Do You Know The Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do You Know The Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

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Homeownership Still a Great Investment

Four recent news articles confirmed that most Americans still see real estate as a great long term investment. The Gallup organization polled the American people and discovered that they believe that real estate is a better long term investment than stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings or bonds: A second survey was done by Edelman Berland which […]

Easy Chicken Little: Homeownership Rates Are NOT Crashing

The Census recently released their 2015 Q1 Homeownership Statistics, and many began to worry that Americans have taken a step back from the notion of homeownership. The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the housing boom, reaching its peak of 69.2% in 2004. The Census Bureau just […]

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Homeowners: We Need to Sell Your House Twice

Every house on the market has to be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). In a housing market where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values increase rapidly. One major challenge in such a market is that bank appraisal. If prices […]

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4 Reasons To Move-Up This Spring

Spring is in full force; the summer months are right around the corner. If you are debating moving up to your dream home, here are four great reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1.) Buyer Demand is High & Inventory Is Low Recent numbers show that buyer demand is at the highest peak […]

Valuable Advice on Social Media

How do you build trust on social media as a real estate expert in your market?  How do you stay ‘top of mind’ when your contacts make the decision to buy or sell a home?  Where can you get great information to share on your social media platforms? As a KCM Member, you’ve already figured […]

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Where Should I Retire? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where Should I Retire [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters