Prices Projected to Remain Strong Through 2018

The Home Price Expectation Survey was released last week by Pulsenomics. They survey a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists asking them to project home prices moving forward. Here is a graph showing what percentage appreciation they expect in each of the next five years.   Obviously some of the […]

Major Reduction in Delinquencies in Most States

There has been a major reduction in the number of homeowners who are seriously delinquent on their mortgage payments. This bodes well for the housing industry as delinquency rates are a precursor to foreclosure rates. As we proceed forward, home appraisals will not be burdened to the extent they have been over the last several […]

Tapering Continues

Last week, the Federal Reserve, in a unanimous vote, decided to further decrease its bond purchasing. The bond purchases were the government’s stimulus package created to keep long term mortgage interest rates artificially low in order to help drive the housing market. Most experts believe that tapering will cause interest rates to increase as we […]

The Importance of a GREAT Pre-Listing Package

Listings will be crucial to the success of real estate professionals in 2014. We believe that demand will remain strong and that the agents with a good inventory of salable listings will have tremendous years. However, the competition for these listings will be fierce. Agents must set themselves apart from the competition in every way […]

What the Power 200 Means to KCM Members

Last week, KCM’s founder and Chief Content Creator, Steve Harney, was recognized as one of the 200 most powerful people in residential real estate when he was named in the Swanepoel Power 200 report. As the KCM Crew and Steve contemplated what such an accomplishment actually meant, together we realized that this honor truly recognized […]

The Actual COST of Waiting

Throughout 2013, we emphasized the difference between the ‘price’ and the ‘cost’ of a home. We explained that a purchaser should not only be aware of rising home values but should also look at what was about to happen to mortgage interest rates. Looking back, we can now establish exactly what it cost a buyer […]

A Generation’s Family Wealth at Stake

Collectively, Gen X and Gen Y generations along with the Baby Boomers lost trillions of dollars in net worth over the last seven years as a result of the housing collapse. Homeowners’ net worth is back to being 30 times greater than that of renters as the housing market recovers and home values increase. However, […]

What Did the Existing Sales Report Actually Reveal?

There will be headlines across the country reporting that the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that sales were below year-ago levels for  the first time in 29 months. The more dramatic will claim that this is proof that the housing sector is still on shaky grounds. Others […]

The Winter Guides Are Now Available!

Attention:  The Winter Edition of the Buyer & Seller Guides are Now Available! KCM breaks down the information that is important to your clients, NOW!  Simply click here to download! The KCM CrewWe believe every family should feel confident when buying & selling a home. KCM helps real estate professionals reach these families & enables […]

Tapering Begins!!

The Fed today announced they would be pulling back some of their stimulus package which has helped the housing market by keeping long term mortgage rates at historic lows for the last few years. This should come as no surprise to KCM Members as we have been warning of this likelihood over the last several […]

Price Appreciation Beginning to Slow

The U.S. housing market has experienced excellent price appreciation with values increasing by double digits over the year before. However, as professionals, we must warn sellers that prices are not now appreciating at big levels on a month-over-month basis. The map below was created using data from CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index. It reveals that […]

Latino Community E-Guide Now Available!

We are happy to announce that our newest E-Guide is now available! “An Agent’s Guide to Working with the Latino Community” is now on the E-Guide section of the member area. We at KCM are striving to always bring you the best content available, this 10-page eGuide will provide an introduction on how to work […]

Shadow Inventory Shrinking

The amount of shadow inventory has been shrinking significantly over the last two years. Here is a chart showing how the amount of distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) grew and then fell off over the last several years. It is also important to realize that certain parts of the country took much longer to […]

Is There a New Bubble Forming in Housing?

The question many are now asking is whether or not we are headed to another bubble in home prices. Most experts believe that we will begin to see prices stabilize to more modest levels of appreciation over the next few months. For example, the most recent Home Price Expectation Survey calls for 4.3% appreciation in […]

Projected Home Prices over the Next 5 Years

Every quarter, Pulsenomics reports on the Home Price Expectation Survey where they ask over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number. The results of their latest survey: The report […]

Join the KCM Member Facebook Group

We’ve always wanted an avenue for KCM Members to talk with each other and it’s finally here! Join the KCM Members Facebook Group now for powerful conversations with your fellow members and even more exclusive membership content from KCM. We will be featuring exclusive KCM Member only content such as: Exclusive KCM Interviews with Industry Leaders […]

Interest Rates Bouncing off of 4% Floor

Interest rates fell approximately a half a point in the weeks following Ben Bernanke’s announcement in late September that the Fed would continue their pace of bond purchases. This purchasing of bonds has acted as a stimulus package for the housing industry as it has kept mortgage interest rates at historic lows. Rates have been […]

The Buyer & Seller Guides are Now Available!

Attention:  The Buyer & Seller Guides are Now Available! Back by popular demand, KCM breaks down the information that is important to your clients, NOW!  Simply click here to download! The KCM CrewWe believe every family should feel confident when buying & selling a home. KCM helps real estate professionals reach these families & […]

NAR’s Update Re: Government Shutdown

For all those concerned, here is NAR’s information on how the government shutdown may impact real estate: http://www.realtor.org/articles/government-shutdown-updates Hope this helps. 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 […]

Monday Morning Motivation

The Importance of KCM Several years ago, we at Keeping Current Matters (KCM) realized that the real estate industry was experiencing a revolutionary change. The information that consumers depended on us for in the past (which houses were for sale, what were the selling prices of similar houses in the neighborhood) was now being broadcast across the […]

Dear KCM Members,

First off, we just want to personally say, “Welcome to the new KCM!” We’re so excited to finally let you in and see the new design of KCM. We want our members to know how much they mean to us and we feel that this is just a small token of our appreciation. It’s our […]