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Home Sales: UP…no wait…DOWN…no wait…

This past week there were two different housing reports released. The first was the National Association of Realtors’ ‘Existing-Home Sales Report’ and the other was the U.S. Census Bureau’s ‘New Construction Report’. The most confusing part of the news is how divergent the data on the reports was. The Existing-Home Sales Report showed a month-over-month […]

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Strategic Defaults: Naughty or Nice?

You can’t pick up a paper or turn on a television today without hearing about the foreclosure situation in this country. There is no doubt the current economy and unemployment numbers have devastated the finances of many families and thus made it impossible for them to pay their mortgage. However, what many don’t realize is that […]

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Should You Be Afraid of Shadows?

The two most important factors whenever you price anything is the demand for that item and the current supply of that item. It is well known as the supply and demand curve. Real estate is no different.  So, as we are about to head into 2010, let’s look at the potential demand for residential housing […]

Bigger Ads Don’t Make Dumber Buyers

Being ‘in and around’ the real estate business for most of my adult life, I am still confused about the importance both sellers and real estate agents give to advertising.  Decades ago, advertising a home was important to attract a buyer because there was no other way for an individual real estate office to announce to […]

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Money to Purchase AND Renovate Your Home

Whether you are looking at a Foreclosed Home, Bank REO, a Short Sale, or any home really, you need to be aware of the FHA 203K Program.  The general condition of real estate has taken a dip over the past few years, as homeowners are not sprucing up their homes as they have in the […]

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Creating Wealth through Real Estate: Moving On Up

Over the last couple of days, we have talked about real estate as an investment, financing costs (interest rates) and gave you reasons to buy now instead of waiting. It is important that we realize that this does not apply solely to the first time home buyer. The opportunity that exists in real estate today is […]

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Sell Now or Wait?

This past week, we have discussed how the current economy is wreaking havoc on our housing industry, how many homeowners can no longer make their mortgage payments and can’t qualify for a loan modification. We reported that millions of these homes will eventually become foreclosures or, in a best case scenario, a short sale. You […]

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Today’s Talking Point 11/09/09

What is the definition of ‘Accumulation’ rate? ‘Accumulation’ rate talks to the point of future inventory coming to the market. An example of this is Zillow ‘s recent report suggesting an additional 7 million homeowners are ‘very likely’ to put their homes up for sale if they see the market getting better. Another example is […]

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Today’s Talking Point 11/02/2009

7 Step Action Plan for Tax Credit Extension Step #1 – Contact anyone who might have given up. Originally, there was a lot of speculation that there would be no extension granted. That caused some buyers to stop looking (especially in regions where closings take longer). We must immediately reconnect with this group. Step #2 […]

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Today’s Talking Point 10/26/09

Existing Home Sales Skyrocket – What does that mean to your business? First, I want to congratulate all the real estate professionals out there who helped make this happen. (Didn’t have a sale last month? Don’t despair – this will be your month!!). However, as I always say, let’s look behind the headline for the […]

Top 10 Home-Selling Mistakes

HGTV’s FrontDoor.com identified what it believes to be the top 10 home-selling mistakes. 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 […]