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What Does QE3 Mean to Housing?

UPDATE: Some of our readers wanted a clear definition of what QE3 actually is. The best explanation we have seen can be read here. The article was posted prior to the decision to move forward by Mr. Bernanke . Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced last week that the Fed would again be pumping money into mortgage-backed-securities […]

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Is Real Estate Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

That depends on whether you are selling or buying. 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 […]

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Let’s Not Get Carried Away with Home Price Increases

There has been a lot of excitement about home prices over the last few months. Though we agree that the housing industry is in a full out recovery, we also believe that there will still be price volatility over the next several months. We must realize home sales are seasonal and that fact impacts prices. […]

Baby Boomers About to Bust Out of Homes

This week, we have been introducing what we believe will be five mid-to-long-term opportunities in real estate over the next few years. Today is #4 – The Baby Boomers – The KCM Crew “As the Baby Boom generation has passed through age groups and life stages, they have had profound effects on housing demand and […]

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Hispanics’ Impact on the Housing Market

This week, we have been introducing what we believe will be five mid-to-long-term opportunities in real estate over the next few years. Today is #3 – The Hispanic Segment of the Market. – The KCM Crew To begin, we want to be sensitive to the feelings of all Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking […]

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The 5 Biggest Opportunities in Real Estate Going Forward

Many professionals in the real estate industry have been in survival mode for the last few years. The challenges in the economy and their effect on the housing industry have caused many to bunker-down and restrict their business planning to the short term. However, with sales increasing and prices beginning to stabilize, we believe a […]

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NAR’s Latest Ad Campaign: The Actual Research

There are many questioning the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest television ad espousing the benefits of homeownership. The questions seem to fall into three categories: Should NAR even be running ads for its membership? If yes, is this ad appropriate from a branding/messaging standpoint? Are the claims in the ad backed up by actual […]

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How the Serenity Prayer Applies to Real Estate

You may be wary of either buying or selling a home in today’s market. You may feel powerless to the process. How could YOU possibly know whether the current good news about housing will continue? There is no doubt that today’s real estate market is extremely difficult to navigate. However, we want you to know […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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: […]