FSBOing May NOT Be the Answer

With the housing market beginning to heat up, we are afraid some sellers may consider trying to sell their house as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Here is an article we ran last summer that sellers should consider. – KCM Crew This blog prides itself on the quality of real estate information we deliver each […]

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What It Means To Be an ‘EXPERT’ in Real Estate

If you are either buying or selling a home in today’s market, you need a real estate expert. However, we must realize what the term ‘expert’ actually means. An expert in any area cannot give perfect advice as no one can predict the future. But they can give excellent advice based on their insight into […]

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National Housing Survey 2012

Each quarter, Fannie Mae releases their National Housing Survey. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. We like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting each time it is released. Here they are for the most recent report: 84% of the general population believes […]

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Real Estate: Sales Increasing. Prices – Not Yet.

In yesterday’s blog post, we explained that many experts believe home sales will increase in 2012. Today, we want to make sure that our readers realize that it will still take time for prices to begin to appreciate. Pricing is about supply and demand. Though demand is increasing, there is still a large supply of […]

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Housing Market: About to SPRING Back

We believe that 2012 will be the year that home sales start to climb again. Over the past thirty days, more and more experts are saying the same thing. Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase CEO “I believe we’re very close to the inflection point. People look at prices that are still coming down but all the […]

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Enough Said!!

Click on the image for the article. 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 […]

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Is the Housing Market Actually Recovering?

Everyone wants to know if the housing market is truly showing signs of a recovery. There are conflicting headlines every day. One day, we hear sales are up. The next day it is reported that prices are down. Is the real estate market coming back? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. There are two aspects […]

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Real Estate Commissions: You Get What You Pay For

Does it make sense to pay a full commission to your real estate agent in today’s market? Sellers, buyers and even agents are debating what should be charged to assist a consumer in completing a real estate transaction. Forget what the actual amount of the commission is. The bigger question is whether you should pay […]

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Negative Equity Increasing

Last Week, CoreLogic released their Negative Equity Report for the fourth quarter of 2011. The report delivered some important news. Let’s go over the key findings in the report. What Is Negative Equity? When a home’s current value is less than the existing mortgage on that home, the house is said to be in a […]

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House Sales in the U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Is It the Price of Your Home or the Price of Your Happiness?

Our founder, Steve Harney, occasionally asks to do a personal post on what he sees as important to our industry. Today is one of those days.  – The KCM Crew I recently gave a presentation about the current real estate market to a group of home sellers in a city in the Northeast.  That night, […]

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House Prices: Window of Opportunity Beginning to Close

There have been conflicting opinions as to where housing prices are headed. 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 most parts of the country in which to sell their homes for maximum price. We believe […]

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Is There a 3.8% House Sales Tax in the Health Care Bill?

The presidential election has renewed the debate 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 We […]

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How the Serenity Prayer Applies To Selling a Home

You may believe that selling your home is impossible in today’s market. You may feel powerless to the process. What could YOU possibly do to turn this housing market around? There is no doubt that today’s real estate market is extremely difficult to navigate. However, we want you to know that thousands of homes sold […]

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Will Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Be Extended?

Many of our readers have asked whether or not we believe the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 will be extended past its current expiration scheduled for the end of the year. As a reminder, the legislation ensures that homeowners who received principal reductions or other forms of debt forgiveness on their primary residences […]

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Mortgage Settlement to Drive Increase in Foreclosures

Last week, we explained that the National Mortgage Settlement gave banks a roadmap showing them how to proceed with the backlog of foreclosures (known as shadow inventory) that has been hanging over the housing market for more than a year. We believe that understanding this dynamic is crucial in determining home prices as we go […]

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Foreclosure Roadmap Included in Mortgage Settlement

There has been much written on the recently negotiated National Mortgage Settlement. Most of the reporting has revolved around the $25 billion that will be issued to consumers and states that have been impacted by the robo-signing scandal of 2010. We want to talk about a different issue addressed by the settlement. Foreclosures have been […]

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National Mortgage Settlement: What You Need To Know

Last week, the Federal government and 49 state governments (Oklahoma being the exception) agreed to a $25 billion settlement regarding robo-signing and the challenges it created in the foreclosure process. We want to give a synopsis of the settlement and some perspective on what effect it will have on the housing market in 2012. The […]

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Do Appraisers Use Distressed Properties as Comparables?

Many of our readers ask us if appraisers use distressed properties (short sales and foreclosures) as comparables when doing an appraisal on non-distressed properties. We have posted on this issue on several occasions (examples: here and here). Last month, the Appraisal Institute issued a paper on the subject. In the paper, the Institute explained that: […]

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What Does Warren Buffet Think About Buying A Home?

Warren Buffet is seen by many as the greatest investor of our time. When he speaks, people listen. Like anyone else in his position of influence, he is criticized by some for using his bullhorn to promote his own business agendas at times. That makes it very interesting when we occasionally learn of how he […]

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Where Are People Moving To and From?

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Another Bear Turns Bullish on Real Estate

Two weeks ago, we posted When the Prophet Says Buy – BUY! In that post, we explained that a major bear on housing, John R. Talbott, is now bullish on the real estate market. Last week, another bear turned bull. Chris Thornberg, a former UCLA economist and a founding principal of Beacon Economics, was very […]

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Real Estate 2012: Many Positive Outlooks

There is a growing belief among many experts that 2012 will be the year housing turns the corner and starts heading in a more positive direction. Whenever we write a post like this, we unleash the hordes of critics who say we are again wearing rose colored glasses or are puppets being controlled by the […]

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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 […]