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Prices Compared To Historic Trend Lines

Last week, we did a blog post on house prices as compared to income levels. We showed that, using historic ratios, house values were lower than previous norms. Many people asked us if we believe that home prices were about to increase. As we said in the post: Some experts are predicting that today’s values […]

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5 Reasons You Should Sell Today (UPDATED)

Selling your house in today’s market can be extremely difficult. It is for that reason that every seller should take advantage of each and every chance that appears. There is a fantastic opportunity available right now. Meet with your real estate agent and mortgage professional today and see whether it is the right time for you and […]

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The Trick Is To Not Flood the Valley

Banks and the government have struggled to get the current foreclosure situation under control. The modification programs have helped many families avoid foreclosure. However, the number is but a small percentage of those incapable or unwilling to pay their mortgage. This has resulted in an ever increasing number of bank owned foreclosures (REOs). The banks […]

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Negative Equity: Not Good But Improving

Back in October, we posted that falling home prices would drive more homeowners into a negative equity situation where their home was worth less than the amount of their mortgage (also known as the house being ‘under water’ or ‘upside down’). If a homeowner falls further into negative equity, it increases the chances that they […]

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Demand for Housing Will Increase in 2011

The last Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed a substantial 10.4% month-over-month increase. According to NAR the index measures: housing contract activity. It is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. A signed contract is not counted as a sale until the transaction closes. […]

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Forbes: Housing Had a Superb Decade

Has real estate been a good investment over the last decade? Many people would be quick to answer ‘no’ to that question. However, they would be wrong. Real estate prices in this past decade have appreciated nicely despite the challenges over the last four years. Forbes.com reported on this issue two days ago: With all […]

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House Price Declines Hitting Most States

This winter will see a softening of prices in most parts of the country. If you are considering selling your home in the near future, you should set an appointment with a real estate professional that has experience in your local market. That being said, we want to explain the magnitude of the challenge. The […]

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This is Good News for Housing, Not Bad News

We found it interesting to see how some media outlets reported on the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey. It is true that the number of people who believe that now is a good time to buy a home dipped 2% since the June report. However, the report also showed that 68% of people still […]

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House Prices: The Impact of Supply and Demand

For some time now, we have attempted to shed light on the fact that pricing in today’s real estate market will be determined by the concept of ‘supply and demand’. If supply continues to increase and demand softens (or even remains constant) prices will continue to fall. Even the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has […]

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FSBOs Get More Money! We Don’t Think So

We hold the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in very high esteem. They are without question one of the finest research institutions in America. Their work on the psychology of strategic defaulters has been mentioned in this blog on several occasions. That being said, we want to take a close look at an […]

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Why You MUST NOT WAIT to Sell Your House

The best real estate professionals are trying to convince anyone thinking of selling in the near future to correct the price on their home and sell now before the home loses even further value. Some cynical homeowners think the agent is just trying to create fear in order to make a quick sale. Some sellers […]

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Difference between Telling a ‘White Lie’ and Lying

When I was growing up, both my family and the teachers at the Catholic school I attended made a distinction between a ‘white lie’ and a lie. It seemed ‘white lies’ were okay while lying was a sin. As a child, I had difficulty understanding where the line was. As I matured, I realized there […]

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20,000 Houses Will Sell This Weekend. Will Yours?

There is no doubt that demand for housing has slowed. The National Association of Realtor’s 3rd Quarter Existing Homes Sales Report showed that sales were down in all fifty states and the District of Columbia (3rd quarter vs. the 2nd quarter). The decline was in double digits in all but two states (Nevada and California). Those are […]

Myths: The Earth Is Flat and Newspapers Sell Houses

It is amazing how masses of people can believe something that is absolutely untrue. The greatest example of this is that at one time the vast majority of people believed the world to be flat. Today, we want to debunk another commonly held belief – that newspapers sell houses. Somehow this notion gained believability even though […]

The Straw That Breaks the Camel’s Back?

The KCM Crew tries its best to be unbiased when they disseminate information. I respect them for that and know they are providing a great service to sellers, buyers and industry professionals.  However, today I want to use this blog to espouse a particular point of view, my view – that homeownership in this country is […]

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Why Are House Prices Falling?

In the past few days, three separate pricing reports showed that national house prices have begun to soften. Altos Research shows that prices fell 3.1% over the last three months. Clear Capital’s Home Data Index Market Report shows that prices have fallen 5% in the last quarter. The Zillow Real Estate Market Report shows a 1.2% […]

We Were Exposed Yesterday!

In yesterdays blog post, we listed the five reasons a homeowner should use a real estate professional to sell their house. We thought we did a good job. However, many industry practitioners (and some homeowners) contacted us to let us know we missed one of the most important benefits agents offer: the exposure they give […]

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5 Reasons You Should Use a Real Estate Professional

Should you spend the money on a real estate commission or save that money by selling your home by yourself? That is a question many home sellers ask themselves. Today, we want to discuss why it is crucial to have a true professional guiding you through the minefield of challenges that exist in the current real […]

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Quantitative Easing and Its Impact on Real Estate

The economy is still struggling. Employment numbers are not improving. The housing market is stagnant. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided that a new form of stimulus was necessary to kick start the job market and the economy. They decided to ‘put more money’ into the market. The term for the new stimulus package […]

4 Unique Open House Ideas

Open Houses have long been a tool used by agents to get a home seen.  On any given weekend, there are dozens of them in every community in America.  How can your real estate agent position YOUR Open House differently to make it stand out from the rest?  Remember, the goal of the Open House […]

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Will Your House Be Worth More in the Spring?

This is a question anyone thinking about selling must ask. Should they sell now or should they wait for the spring? Most years that would be an interesting question. There is a belief that many buyers come out in the spring and, with that increase in demand for housing, prices may appreciate. This year is […]

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Best Time to Buy AND Best Time to Sell?

If you know a great real estate professional, you might be questioning them right now. They may tell a friend of yours in the afternoon that this is a great time to buy a home and in the evening tell another friend that they have to lower their price in order to sell their home. […]

Is There a New 3.8% Tax on House Sales?

We have received many questions about a possible 3.8% tax which will be put on home sales beginning in 2013. We want to do our best to clarify this situation for everyone. We are not accountants and give you this information just as a simple answer to the misconception. Understand that, when it comes to […]

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Can Rates Go Down Any More?

It appears they CAN and that they WILL. The buzzwords today are Quantitative Easing. It is another of the weapons the Fed has at its disposal to impact the economy, as a whole, and interest rates in particular. Let me explain. In so far as the Fed has already lowered the rates they charge to […]

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Is the Window of Opportunity Beginning to Close?

Several banks had recently suspended foreclosure procedures on hundreds of thousands of homes while they were forced to review all their paperwork. The lenders had to prove they fulfilled the legal requirements for repossession. We have reported that homeowners of all non-distressed properties were given a window of opportunity to sell their house without the competition […]