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 […]

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5 Reasons You Should Sell Your House TODAY!

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 opportunity that appears. Each fall, such an opportunity presents itself. This fall, that opportunity may be just too good to pass up. Below are five reasons you should consider when […]

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The New Foreclosure Mess: A Possible Silver Lining

There is no doubt that the current foreclosure mess is creating havoc in the housing industry. Listings are being removed from the market and many closings are being delayed and, in some cases, even canceled. No one is sure what the full impact of the situation will be or when it will be rectified. However, there […]

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The New Foreclosure Mess: What It Means To You

Last week, we reported on the beginnings of the mess the banks created by using ‘robo-signers’ to fast track foreclosure filings. We detailed the challenge and said that “the process of foreclosing may grind to a screeching halt”. And, it has. Bank of America has announced that it has halted foreclosures in all fifty states. […]

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Luxury Real Estate Market Gaining Momentum

The news about the housing market still seems to be dominated by stories of pending disaster. Headlines report that some believe that there is a 25% chance of a ‘double-dip’ in home prices. We can understand the concern. The last Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that sales were […]

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Forget Headlines. Get To the Core of the Story

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release their Pending Home Sales report today. The report will generate headlines and those headlines will seem in conflict with each other. The reason for the confusion is that there will be nuances within the report. In order to truly understand the report, we must peel away the headlines […]

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Taking the “Horror” Out of Selling and Buying a Home

The following blog post was written by Joanne Mills, a Keeping Current Matters subscriber on Long Island, NY. We enjoyed her post and received permission to share it with you, our readers.  – The KCM Crew First, what is a home? This is what you will find in the dictionary. Home – noun 1. a […]

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House Prices: What Impact Will Foreclosures Have?

Foreclosures have had a major impact on house prices over the last several years. The next six months will again see a flood of distressed property inventory coming to the market. Will this cause a ‘double dip’ in home values as some are predicting? We want to take a very objective look at this issue […]

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Be Prepared For Some Confusion Tomorrow!

9/23 – As expected, the Existing Home Sales Report shows a 7.6% increase in month-over-month sales and a 19% decrease in sales year-over-year. No real news here.   ORIGINAL POST The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will release the Existing Home Sales Report tomorrow. Be prepared for the confusion when the news media starts announcing […]

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Time Magazine: As Wrong Today as They Were in 2005

Time Magazine’s cover story last week was titled Rethinking Homeownership: Why Owning a Home May No Longer Make Economic Sense. The webpage title for the online version of the article was After Housing Bubble, the Dark Side of Homeowner Dreams. The actual article title on the internet was The Case Against Homeownership. It is rather […]

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Today, you need an INDUSTRY LEADER

We are at a very interesting crossroad in the real estate industry. Whether you are buying or selling a home, you should not deal with ‘just anyone’ in real estate. You need someone who can explain what is happening in the market and help you understand your options. You want an expert, an industry leader. […]

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Home Prices: The Next 90 Days

The next three months will be interesting for home prices. The impact of the homebuyers’ tax credit is fading from the market and so are the buyers. We must realize that in September, October and November of last year buyers were rushing to buy a home before the expiration of the original tax credit (November […]

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4 Ideas To Spur Home Sales

A new Home Buyer Tax Credit is unlikely.  Interest rates can’t go much lower.  So, how can a market where buyers who are afraid of losing their jobs begin to digest the massive quantity of current and shadow inventory without another major correction in pricing?  Here are four “outside the box” ideas that deserve consideration: […]

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It’s Not About Jobs If You Need To Sell Now

A message from Steve Harney: The short term fixes used to bolster the real estate market (the purchase of mortgage-backed-securities and homebuyer tax credits) proved to be just that: short term fixes. Everyone now seems to feel that the only true solutions to the challenges in housing are the creation of jobs and the increase […]

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Future Home Prices: Expectations from the Experts

MacroMarkets has assembled a very distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts who are surveyed every month regarding their 5-year expectations for future home prices in the U.S. The report is the Home Price Expectations Survey. Their purpose for this undertaking? We are hopeful that this survey, and our panelists, will […]

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How the Serenity Prayer Applies To Selling a Home

You may believe that selling your home will be impossible after all the news you have heard recently.  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 […]

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Sense of Urgency?

It’s been hard to fault home buyers who haven’t rushed to buy a home, now that there is no longer any Federal Tax Credit. I mean, if you read this blog with any consistency, we all know that home prices are going to continue to tumble, and there is no indication of interest rates climbing […]

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Everybody Calm Down. Armageddon Is NOT Upon Us!

CNBC report 9/2: “Pending sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose unexpectedly in July … suggesting a tax credit-related housing market decline was close to bottoming.”   ORIGINAL POST The new housing numbers have definitely been a major news story over the last 48 hours. The Dow dropped over 100 points on the announcement of July’s existing […]

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The Existing Home Sales Report Is In. Ugh!

We want to begin by saying there were absolutely no surprises in this month’s National Association of Realtors Existing Home Sales Report. Experts were calling for a dramatic fall off in volume and a substantial increase in month’s supply of inventory. Everyone now realizes that the tax credit actually pulled more demand forward than it […]

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The Impact Housing Inventory Has on Prices

We attempt to explain the current real estate market both simply and effectively. We either create or search for great visuals or graphs that do just that. We have been trying to help our readers realize that real estate is just like any other industry: pricing will be determined by the theory of ‘supply and […]

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NAR Says It’s Now About Supply and Demand

We have been discussing home prices in this blog for over a year. The principle of ‘supply and demand’ has been our rallying cry for the entire duration. Pricing of any item is determined by the number of items for sale in ratio to the number of purchasers looking to buy that item. Here is […]

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Where Are Home Prices Headed?

We are building a home for real estate information here at the KCM Blog. Our job is to accurately reflect what is taking place in the residential housing market in this country. The entire team takes this job very seriously. With the market evolving so rapidly, it has become a daunting task. We looked at […]

Will There Be a ‘Double Dip’ in Real Estate?

The biggest question looming over the economy overall and real estate specifically is whether or not we will experience a double dip. What exactly is a double dip? Robert Hall, chairman of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a group of academic economists that officially declares the starts and ends of recessions, says: “A double […]