Housing Update from Ashley Garner

Today we are honored to have Ashley Garner, one of the great young minds in real estate, share with us his thoughts on today’s national housing market. Enjoy! – The KCM Crew The Good News Is… the recovery of the Real Estate Market is unfolding exactly as it should and exactly as we have predicted. […]


House Prices: An Important Update

Back in February, we posted a blog (seen below) explaining that there would be a ‘window of opportunity’ for sellers to sell at a better price than they could after some distressed properties entered the market this summer. The concept was correct as prices have stabilized and, in some markets, are actually showing mild appreciation. […]

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Once and For All, Which Way Are Home Prices Headed?

One could get dizzy looking at the daily headlines pertaining to home prices. One report says prices are heading up and the next day, another says they are still falling. Here are two recent examples: National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun addressed the issue at the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference […]


It’s Not GOOD News nor BAD News. It’s Just THE News.

Many people want to look at any news on the housing market and immediately categorize it as either good or bad. In reality, most news about real estate is not ‘good’ nor ‘bad’. It’s just news. Current home values are much lower than just a few years ago. Many see this as bad news. However, there […]

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Attention Real Estate Professionals – Free Webinar

In this webinar, we will shed light on the 3 major questions facing the real estate industry today: Will the strong buyer demand we are currently experiencing continue into 2013? Where are residential home prices headed over the next 6-18 months? Will the weak global economy and the uncertainty of the upcoming election impact consumer […]

Should I Rent My House If I Can’t Sell It?

There has been a lot written about how buying a home is less expensive than renting one in many parts of the country. Rents are skyrocketing and homes are at bargain prices. These two situations are also causing some sellers to consider renting their home instead of selling it. After all, they can get great […]

3.8% Tax in Health Bill: Additional Resources

We have previously reported on the questions surrounding the existence of a 3.8% tax in the administration’s health care program. Today we want to add two additional resources that can offer help in explaining the issue to your buyers and sellers. Our Original KCM Blog Post Two additional resources available from the National Association of […]


The Economy’s Impact on Housing

With the economic recovery sluggish at best, many ask what impact this has on housing. Over the last several years, most economists believed that housing would not recover until the overall economy recovered. However, it now seems that the housing sector may be a driving influence in the recovery. Here are four reports released in the […]

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Are Home Prices About to Rise Or Fall?

The big question in real estate today is which direction home values are headed. There is no shortage of opinions on the subject. National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, during the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in Denver a few weeks ago, said: “This time next year, there could be a […]

Can You Sell It in the Shortest Time Possible?

Monday’s blog created a strong request for us to address each of the four questions homeowners have. We have answered these questions each day this week. This is the final question. – The KCM Crew We left this question for last because the answers to the first three questions give you the best chance to […]

Can You Take Care of All the Hassles?

Monday’s blog created a strong request for us to address each of the four questions homeowners have. We will cover one question each day for the rest of the week. Today, we are reposting a previous blog about the necessity of having a team when selling a home. – The KCM Crew People say: “It […]


Can You Get Me the Best Price Available?

Monday’s blog created a strong request for us to address each of the four questions homeowners have. We will cover one question each day for the rest of the week. – The KCM Crew Whenever a person sells anything, they hope to get the highest price possible for the item. This obviously applies when a […]


Can You Sell My House?

Yesterday’s blog created a strong request for us to address each of the four questions homeowners have. We will cover one question each day for the rest of the week. – The KCM Crew The most important need of anyone attempting to sell their house is – TO GET IT SOLD! It is imperative that […]


Should I Wait To Sell My House?

There have been more and more reports showing that the housing market is beginning to recover. This has caused angst among some homeowners who are considering whether or not to sell their house in the next several months. With the market showing signs of life, the question becomes should they wait to sell because prices may be about to […]


Harvard University: Echo Boomers to Drive Recovery

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University just released their annual State of the Nation’s Housing 2012. In the report, Harvard explained that, starting this year and continuing over the next twenty years, the echo boomers (born in the late 1970s and early 1980s) will drive the housing market. “After several false starts, […]


Owning a Home: A Good or Bad Thing?

We love to hear from our readers. Last week, we received this email from Neal Paskvan who is an agent at Baird & Warner, a real estate firm in the Chicago area. “I was at my mother-in-law’s home yesterday and some of her neighbors (a few older couples) started showing me their Chicago tax bills and the average […]


National Headlines and Local Real Estate Markets

Do National Real Estate Headlines Actually Influence Local Markets? This is a question we are frequently asked. Local real estate professionals know the best information for either buyers or sellers is local market data. However, we must realize that what happens in the national real estate market dramatically impacts regional and local markets. For example: […]


Everybody Calm Down! The Sky Is NOT Falling

After weeks of continuous good news about the housing market, the naysayers jumped all over this month’s Pending Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Pending sales were down from the previous month. This must be proof that all that other positive news on real estate should be ignored – right? WRONG!! It […]

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Home Prices: It’s About Supply & Demand

The real estate market continues to heat up as we head into the summer. Will this increase in demand equate to an increase in home prices? That depends. Remember, the price of any item is determined by the supply of and demand for that item at any point in time. Let’s look at the facts […]

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Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act: Will It 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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Sales Are Up. Prices Still Have a Way To Go.

We believe the housing market is recovering. We believe that sales will be robust through the rest of the year. However, we also believe that the increase in demand will not impact prices in a big way as we think there will also be an increase in the supply of homes coming to the market. […]


Further Proof the Real Estate Market Is Coming Back

Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Pending Sales Report which showed that contracted sales were 12.8% higher than the same month last year and higher than any time since sales were impacted by the Homebuyers’ Credit back in April of 2010. The index stood at 101.4 which represents a level that […]

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Foreclosures: What About the Children (Part 2)

Yesterday, we reported on the adverse impact foreclosures have had and will continue to have on the children of this country. Today, we want to talk about how parents can soften the effect. If you can’t keep your house, you must decide how to leave and determine the impact of your decision on your children. […]


Foreclosures: What About the Children? (Part 1)

We were recently troubled by the findings of a research paper authored by Julia Isaacs of the Brookings Institute for the organization First Focus which was titled The Ongoing Impact of Foreclosures on Children. In the report, Ms. Isaacs quantified the number of children that have been impacted: 2.3 million children have already lost their homes […]