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December 20, 2016


by The KCM Crew on December 16, 2016 in First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Infographics, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers
Some Highlights: Your monthly housing cost is directly tied to the price of the home you purchase and the interest rate you secure for your mortgage.Over the last 30 years, interest rates have fluctuated greatly with rates in the double digits in the 1980s, all the way down to the near 4% we are experiencing now.Your purchasing power is greatly impacted by the interest rate you secure. Act now before rates go up! . . .

December 05, 2016

by The KCM Crew on December 5, 2016 in First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers
As the temperature in many areas of the country starts to cool down, you might think that the housing market will do the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Here are 4 reasons you should consider buying your dream home this winter instead of waiting for spring! 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.3% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.2% over the next year. The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense. 2. Mortgage Interest Rates are Projected to Increase Your monthly housing cost is as much related to the price you . . .

November 27, 2016

by The KCM Crew on November 22, 2016 in First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate jumped up to 3.94% last week. Interest rates had been hovering around 3.5% since June, and many are wondering why there has been such a significant increase so quickly.  Why did rates go up? Whenever there is a presidential election, there is uncertainty in the markets as to who will win. One way that this is noticeable is through the actions of investors. As we get closer to the first Tuesday of November, many investors pull their funds from the more volatile and less predictive stock market and instead, choose to invest in Treasury Bonds. When this happens, the interest rate on Treasury Bonds does not have to be . . .

November 14, 2016


by The KCM Crew on November 14, 2016 in For Sellers
Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait: Relocation buyers are out there. Companies are not concerned with holiday time and if the buyers have kids, they want them to get into school after the holidays.  Purchasers that are looking for a home during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.  There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take . . .

November 07, 2016

by The KCM Crew on November 7, 2016 in For Sellers, Housing Market Updates
We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now continues to be a great time to sell your house. Let’s look at the data covered by the latest Pending Home Sales Report and Existing Home Sales Report. THE PENDING HOME SALES REPORT The report announced that pending home sales (homes going into contract) are up 2.4% over last year, and have increased year-over-year now for 22 of the last 25 consecutive months. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, had this to say: "The one major predicament in the housing market is without a doubt the painfully . . .

November 01, 2016


by The KCM Crew on November 1, 2016 in First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers
Are you thinking of buying a home? Are you dreading having to walk through strangers’ houses? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of buying. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge, just like a great doctor or great accountant. You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish an average agent from a great one. Here are the top 4 demands to make of your real estate agent when buying a home: 1. Tell the Truth About the Price When making an offer on the home you want to buy, make sure that your agent walks you through their plan for getting both the seller – and the . . .

September 07, 2016

There are some experts questioning whether the current pace of residential home sales is sustainable. Are too many people buying homes like in 2004-2006? Are we headed for another housing crisis? Actually, if we look closely at the numbers, we can see that we are looking at a very healthy real estate market. Why the concern? Some are looking at the last three years of home sales and comparing them to the three years just prior to the housing bubble. Looking at the graph below, we can understand that thinking. However, if we go further back in history, we can see the real picture. After taking out the “boom & bust” years, the pace of sales is growing at a quite natural pace. And new home sales are way below historic numbers. Trulia’s Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin explains: “Adjusted for population, [new home sales] are at about 63% of their fifty-year . . .

August 31, 2016

by The KCM Crew on August 31, 2016 in First Time Homebuyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Update, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing
There are some industry pundits claiming that residential home values have risen too quickly and that current levels are on the verge of another housing bubble. It is easy to see how this thinking has taken form if we look at a graph of home prices from 2000 to today. The graph definitely looks like a rollercoaster ride. And, as prices begin to reach 2006 levels again, it “seems logical” that the next part of the ride would be downhill. However, this graph includes the anomaly of the price bubble and the correction (the housing crash). What if the bubble & bust didn’t occur? Let’s assume that instead of the rise and fall in home prices that we saw last decade, we just had normal historic . . .

June 15, 2016

by The KCM Crew on June 7, 2016 in First Time Homebuyers, For Buyers Agents, did you know you can share a personalized version of this post? Learn more!
There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family. Others may think they are too young. And still others might think their current income would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage. We want to share what the typical first-time homebuyer actually looks like based on the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. Here are some interesting revelations on the first time buyer: Bottom Line You may not be much different than many people who . . .

June 15, 2016

by The KCM Crew on June 8, 2016 in First Time Homebuyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers Agents, did you know you can share a personalized version of this post? Learn more!
According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, single women made up 18% of all first-time homebuyers last year, second only to married couples who made up 54% of total buyers. Whether they are young, single and no longer want to rent, or newly divorced, the amount of single women becoming homeowners greatly outnumbers single males (11%). A survey of recent home buyers revealed some interesting trends about this rapidly growing group: Average Age: 32 years oldAverage Income: $49,400Single women are more likely to become preapproved for a mortgage in order to know their budget at the . . .
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