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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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Another Positive Report!

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Everybody Calm Down – The Market IS Recovering

It didn’t take long for the naysayers in real estate to jump all over the National Association of Realtors’ Existing Sales Report which was released last week. It is true that sales were down 2.6% from the previous month. However, monthly variations should not be the determining factor in deciding where the market is going. […]

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New Foreclosure Wave: What Will Be the Impact?

We reported two months ago that foreclosures will significantly increase this summer as a result of The National Mortgage Settlement. This month, both Reuters (Americans brace for next foreclosure wave) and CNNMoney (Flood of foreclosures to hit the housing market) concurred. However, we believe this increase in distressed properties will have a much different impact […]

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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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 […]