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Belief That “Now Is the Time to Buy” by Age Group [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Where Are House Prices Headed in 2012?

There is no shortage of opinions as to where home prices are headed in 2012. From Clear Capital’s expectation that prices will show a ‘slight uptick’ this year to Fitch’s projection that prices ‘will fall another 13 percent’, there seems to be no consensus as to where real estate values are headed. How can there […]

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Creating Wealth Through Homeownership – The Proof

Today, we are honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. – The KCM Crew Several real estate economists have shown that the average homeowner accumulates more overall wealth than the […]

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People Are Buying Homes AND GETTING MORTGAGES!

Many believe that very few houses are selling and that almost no one can get a mortgage. We want to let everyone know that neither of these assumptions is true. Recently, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Homes Sales Report. According to the report there are, on average, 12,109 homes selling in […]

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In Real Estate, Keeping Current Matters!

There is too much misinformation being spread about today’s real estate market. Studies are being misinterpreted. Prominent names are being used to foster a point even if their quote is from years ago. As an example, we want to look at a story published last week by The Fiscal Times titled The New American Dream: […]

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Mortgage Predictions for 2012

It’s the time of year that we look ahead and attempt to give our best guesses about the market, the industry, and the effects they may have. So, here are my thoughts about the mortgage world: Interest Rates Should Be Stable With a faltering economy nationally and worldwide, including pessimistic estimates for employment, there is […]

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Comparing Real Estate To Other Investments

We recently posted Real Estate: Today’s Golden Opportunity comparing the current housing market to the market for gold about a decade ago. Some commented on the fact that you can’t compare gold to real estate as an investment as gold is a very liquid asset and it would take more time and effort to sell […]

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5 Real Estate Trends to Look For in 2012

Predicting trends during the most volatile housing market in American real estate history is no easy task. We strongly believe these are the five real estate items we should keep an eye on in 2012: 1. Buyers Will Return In 2011, a lack of consumer confidence in the overall economy dramatically impacted the housing market. […]

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5 Top Real Estate Stories in 2011

In 2011, we experienced one of the most volatile housing markets in American real estate history. Things we never anticipated happened. Events we were sure would take place didn’t. Today, we want to review the five headlines we think had the biggest impact in 2011. 1.) Interest Rates remained at historic lows In order to […]

Best Post of 2011: For Sellers

This week we are posting the best blogs of 2011 by category. We hope you enjoy them as much as you did when we first posted them. – The KCM Crew The First Question You Should Ask Your Listing Agent What is the most important thing a seller should look for when hiring a real […]

How Your Agent Markets Themselves Indicates How They Will Market Your Home

With the glut of available homes on the market, how your home is marketed is the biggest factor in determining how quickly it will sell (assuming the price is reasonably presented). A real estate agent’s marketing plan should be the most crucial determinant in deciding who to list your home with. But, how can you […]

The Evidence is in on the Choice of a Lockbox

Today, we are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. – The KCM Crew Does the choice of a lockbox matter?  Do the older type lockbox systems influence the […]

Why Involve a LENDER in the Home Selling Equation?

One thing many real estate agents have learned is the importance of having a team of professionals to facilitate a smooth transaction. Having a lending expert on the team, can make available the following services to you…all for FREE: They stand ready to screen all potential buyers. Today’s lending landscape is a rapidly changing environment. […]

The Need for a True Real Estate Professional

Anyone in the real estate industry for any length of time realizes that the education required and the resources necessary to be a true industry professional have dramatically increased over the last two decades. In today’s volatile market, it is necessary to have a true real estate professional if you want to sell your home […]

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Do Subprime Concentrations Lead to Other Foreclosures?

We are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. – The KCM Crew Does the presence of a cluster of subprime mortgages in a neighborhood lead to a greater likelihood of […]

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Home Sales Increase Across the Country

The National Association of Realtors recently released their 2011 3rd Quarter Housing Report. In the report, they showed that combined sales of single family homes, condos and co-ops increased in EVERY state as compared to the 3rd quarter of last year. Here are the state-by-state numbers.   The next time someone says houses aren’t selling, ask them […]

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Why You Need an Expert – Part II

Yesterday, we explained that having someone who truly knows the market was crucial if you were planning to buy or sell a home today. This expert should know what is happening in real estate, understand why it is happening and be able to simply and effectively explain each point to you and your family.  Today, […]

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You Need an Industry Expert in This Market

In today’s real estate market, it is easy to get confused. There seems to be an overabundance of information and much of it seems to be conflicting. As an example, we offer you two headlines that appeared within 24 hours of each other last week. National Delinquency Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Three Years […]

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Prices: Where They Have Been and Where They Are Headed

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Is There a 3.8% Tax on Homes in the Health Bill?

As the presidential debates start to heat up, there will be comments about the Administration’s Health Care Bill. We are again getting many questions about a possible 3.8% tax on home sales that some claim is in the bill. To answer these questions, we have decided to re-run a blog post we did last year. – The KCM Crew […]

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Americans Still Believe in the Value of Homeownership

Last week, Fannie Mae released their National Housing Survey for the third quarter of 2011. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. Each quarter, we like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting. Here they are for the most recent report: Most Important Reasons to […]

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The Ship Appears to be Turning

Today, we are again honored to have Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D. — Florida International University (FIU) and Editor of the Journal of Housing Research as our guest blogger. To view other research from FIU, visit http://realestate.fiu.edu/. Dr. Johnson will also be speaking at NAR’s Conference and Expo in Anaheim later this week. For more information click here. […]

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Homeownership: Reports of Its Death are Exaggerated

There have been a growing number of reports announcing the death of American homeownership over the last two years. Some have said we are evolving into a rental society and even challenge the long standing belief that homeownership should be a part of the American Dream. They look at the falling rate of homeownership as […]

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House Prices: Where They Will Be in the Spring

Disclaimer: This blog covers the national housing market as a whole. Please check with a local real estate professional to discover how the following information will impact your region. – The KCM Crew Many sellers want to wait until the spring before putting their home on the market. This might be for any of several […]

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This Time We Are Sounding the Alarms

Occasionally, Steve Harney, our founder and lead content creator, asks us permission to share his personal feelings on a current real estate issue. Today is one of those times. – The KCM Crew One of the things I often hear from people I meet is that real estate and mortgage professionals should have seen the […]