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Selling Your House? Waiting May Not Make Sense

There have been some bright spots in the residential real estate market over the last couple of months. Several price indices have reported a stabilization of prices and some regions have even shown small levels of appreciation. This has led some to believe that we may have reached a bottom for home values. We must […]

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How People Feel About Real Estate

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Oct 1 – Another Bad Day for Real Estate

One of the ways the federal government tried to “rescue” housing was to raise the Conforming Loan Limits – which is the maximum loan that can be sold to FannieMae, FreddieMac and GinnieMae (for FHA loans). By raising loan limits, liquidity was provided to mortgage lenders enabling them to lend at competitive rates in most […]

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The Only Thing “Lousy” Was the Advice!

We read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on Monday titled A Home Is a Lousy Investment. It was written by Mr. Bridges, a professor of clinical finance and business economics at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. The essence of the piece is that owning a home is not […]

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Bringing the Sale Across the Finish Line

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 The negotiation of a sales agreement is a very difficult process. A well drafted sales agreement almost cinches a […]

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Unemployment’s Impact on Housing

What impact does rising unemployment have on the real estate market? Actually, it is quite simple: Rising unemployment creates uncertainty. Uncertainty creates fear. Fear creates paralysis. Paralysis prevents people from moving forward with their lives. Don’t allow fear to stop you from getting on with your life. Realistically look at your personal situation and decide […]

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The Devil Is in the Details

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CoreLogic information on Shadow Information:

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/shadow-inventory.aspx

LPS information on inventory/sales ratio:

http://www.lpsvcs.com/LPSCorporateInformation/ResourceCenter/PressResources/MortgageMonitor/201105MortgageMonitor/LPSMortgageMonitorMay2011.pdf

RealtyTrac information on discounts on short sales and foreclosures:

http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/foreclosure-homes-account-for-28-percent-of-q1-2011-sales-6586

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Let’s Get Chicken Little

You all know the story…young chicken, fearful of the worst, runs around declaring that “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”. In today’s real estate market, there are many people (professionals and amateurs alike) with opinions that make buying real estate sound like throwing money away. One thing I have learned in life is […]

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5 Real Estate Headlines You’ll See in the Next Six Months

Making predictions can be the ‘kiss-of-death’ for a blog. Even if we get four out of five correct (80%), there are those in the industry who will kill us on the one we got wrong. We believe strongly that when making a real estate decision for you and your family you must look forward and […]

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Why Now Is the Time to Buy a Home

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Top 5 Real Estate Headlines in the 1st Half of 2011

We have reached the midway point of the year. Today, we want to look back over the first six months and give you what we believe were the five items that have had the biggest impact on the real estate industry so far this year. The Government Wants Out of the Mortgage Business From the […]

Are You About to Expire?

A listing contract on a house for sale has a termination date. If the house reaches this date without being sold, it is called an ‘expired’ listing meaning it is no longer for sale under the previous contract. The end of June historically is a time when many listing contracts come to termination. There will […]

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House Prices Through 2015

Everyone seems to have an opinion on where home prices are headed. Housing bulls are saying prices may start rebounding as early as later this year. Some housing bears are saying that prices may still drop another 10-15%. What actually is going to happen? No one knows for sure. However, Macro Markets, a financial technology […]

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An Idea to Get Your Home Sold Faster

Let me start by reminding you that I am NOT a real estate agent; however, I do think my parents raised me to have some common sense.  So, here it goes….I think you should RAISE THE COMMISSION YOU WILL PAY AN AGENT WHO BRINGS YOU THE EVENTUAL BUYER OF YOUR HOME.  Is it contrarian?  Maybe. […]

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A Window of Opportunity for House Sellers

There has been much confusion as to where housing prices are headed. We have actually blogged on the issue recently. Today, we want to give our opinion on this subject for the short term. We believe sellers have a window of opportunity for the next 90-120 days in which to sell their homes for maximum […]

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Consumer Confidence: Which Way Is It Headed?

There is no doubt that the housing market and the economy are intertwined. The economy will get better as housing improves. Housing will regain strength as the economy improves. How is the economy actually doing? One measure is the Misery Index which combines the inflation and unemployment numbers.  According to their site: The misery index was […]

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Is The Economy Worse Than We Think?

We are presented with conflicting data almost daily about the “health” of the economy. And I am no economist, but I believe that I do possess some common sense. So, here’s what I have been thinking. It is obvious that millions of people are NOT paying their mortgage, rightly or wrongly, for their own reasons: […]

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House Prices Will Continue to Tumble

We have written several blogs recently quoting numerous sources saying now is the time to buy a home. We agree that now is definitely the time to buy. This is NOT because we are calling the bottom for real estate PRICES. What we have said is that the COST of purchasing a home is probably […]

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Home Prices: Even More Confusion

We attempt to keep you abreast of the housing market. When will demand for housing return to historic averages? What impact will foreclosures continue to have? Where are interest rates headed? There are no simple answers to any of these questions. However, the most difficult question to answer seems to be: Where are home prices […]

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What About the Cost of Delaying Your Dreams?

Whether a family is thinking of buying or selling a home, price seems to have become all important. I’m not sure why that has occurred. I realize, whenever anyone sells or buys anything, making sure you get a ‘good deal’ is a crucial part of the transaction. However, in real estate today, it now seems […]

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Are Home Prices Headed Up or Down?

Here are two headlines that appeared in print last week: LA Times: Case-Shiller Home Price Index Hits New Low Forex: CoreLogic: Home Price Index Increased 0.7% In the Los Angeles Times story, David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index committee, was quoted as saying: “This month’s report is marked by the confirmation of a double-dip […]

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What Impact Will QRM Have on Housing Demand?

The federal government would like to dramatically decrease their role in the financing of residential real estate. To that goal, they have proposed the guidelines for a ‘Qualified Residential Mortgage’ (QRM). How would these proposed guidelines impact the demand for housing? Here is what three different entities are reporting: CoreLogic “Roughly 39% of homebuyers in […]

The Evolving Role of Video in Real Estate

I have heard it said that by 2013, 90% of new content posted to the web will be in the form of video…90%!!! What that says to me is that video is what our clients, customers, and prospects want. They want it to educate themselves without reading. They want it to be stimulated more by […]

Why You Need a True Professional to Sell Your Home

Many people ask us whether they should hire an agent to sell their home or whether they should first try as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). In today’s volatile market, we believe this is an easy decision: you need an experienced professional! You need an expert guide if you are traveling a dangerous path […]

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Happy Birthday To Me

Turning 49 on Monday, I was struck about how different the world of communication has become. In years past, a dozen friends would have called me…a few would have even sent me a card in the mail. But this year, it was very different. Only two calls were received and no regular mail. But, I […]