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02/20/2014
Seth Godin Challenges Real Estate Agents

Seth Godin Challenges Real Estate Agents

In a blog post last week, Quality of production, Seth warned professionals that they have to realize their value is not measured in the same way it has been in the past. What the consumer expects has changed. He explains: "It's entirely possible that you are very good at (and have the tools to...

02/19/2014
Home Sales Up in 3 of 4 Regions

Home Sales Up in 3 of 4 Regions

Some industry gurus are questioning whether the housing momentum we saw early in 2013 began to dissipate later in the year. The more dramatic have claimed the housing sector is still on shaky ground. Others have blamed the slowdown in sales on a lack of consumer confidence or rising interest...

Paying $83 for Your Home Deed is $80 Too Much
02/18/2014
Paying $83 for Your Home Deed is $80 Too Much

Paying $83 for Your Home Deed is $80 Too Much

If you get a letter asking you to pay for a copy of your property deed, it’s likely a rip-off. Call your local property records clerk before you respond.

Mortgage Rates Projected to Rise as Tapering Continues
02/18/2014
Mortgage Rates Projected to Rise as Tapering Continues

Mortgage Rates Projected to Rise as Tapering Continues

It is projected that if the Fed continues to cut back on bond purchases that long term mortgage rates would start to climb. Many experts felt that Janet Yellen, who replaced Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair, was going to be less inclined to continue tapering bond purchases at the level established....

02/17/2014
More Americans Confident about Buying

More Americans Confident about Buying

Last week, Fannie Mae released their January 2014 National Housing Survey results. Two categories reported all-time survey highs. 52% of respondents thought it would be easy for them to get a home mortgage today 70% of respondents said they would buy if they were going to move Doug Duncan,...

Real Estate Teams Jumping onto the Seniors Real Estate Bandwagon
02/13/2014
Real Estate Teams Jumping onto the Seniors Real Estate Bandwagon

Real Estate Teams Jumping onto the Seniors Real Estate Bandwagon

Expanding into the seniors real estate niche: Good business sense for teams More and more real estate teams – both small and large – are beginning to consider the idea of expanding into the seniors real estate market. Unlike most solo-agents, teams typically have administrative support,...

02/12/2014
A Flood of Listings Coming to the Market?

A Flood of Listings Coming to the Market?

We have previously talked about the diminishing supply of housing inventory and how it is impacting the real estate market. The situation might be about to change dramatically according to a recent survey by Lending Tree. The survey revealed three interesting findings. Of those surveyed: * 63%...

Buying a Home: Should You Do it Now or Later?
02/11/2014
Buying a Home: Should You Do it Now or Later?

Buying a Home: Should You Do it Now or Later?

Last month, 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...

Be Quiet Chicken Little. The Sky is NOT Falling
02/10/2014
Be Quiet Chicken Little. The Sky is NOT Falling

Be Quiet Chicken Little. The Sky is NOT Falling

There has been much speculation about what is causing the falling sales numbers in the most recent Existing Home Sales Reports (EHS) from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Some have claimed that rising interest rates have scared buyers out of the market. Others have claimed that...

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About VA Loans
02/06/2014
5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About VA Loans

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About VA Loans

VA loans are the most misunderstood mortgage program in America. Industry professionals and consumers often receive incorrect data when they inquire about them. In fact, misconceptions about the government guaranteed home loan program are so prevalent that a recent VA survey found that...

02/05/2014
5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five of our reasons: 1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With...

8 Places to Go When Your Mortgage Lender Says No
02/04/2014
8 Places to Go When Your Mortgage Lender Says No

8 Places to Go When Your Mortgage Lender Says No

New mortgage rules draw some pretty clear lines about who should -- and shouldn’t -- get a mortgage. If you fall outside the lines and your lender says no, you have eight other options.

5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring
02/04/2014
5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring

5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now Instead of Spring

Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five reasons purchasers should consider buying before the spring market arrives: Supply Is Shrinking With inventory declining in many...

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional
02/03/2014
5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

We are often asked if it makes sense to hire a real estate professional when buying or selling a home. We always emphatically answer – YES! Here are five reasons why: PAPERWORK An agent will help with all disclosures and paperwork necessary in today’s heavily regulated environment. This helps...

Nuevo Latinos: “A Commitment to Culture and Success”
01/30/2014
Nuevo Latinos: “A Commitment to Culture and Success”

Nuevo Latinos: “A Commitment to Culture and Success”

We are excited to have Gary Acosta as our guest blogger today! Gary is a 20-year veteran of the mortgage banking industry and the co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). - The KCM Crew “We come in peace…but we have you surrounded”. Cheech...

Why I Love My Bathroom-in-A-Box
01/29/2014
Why I Love My Bathroom-in-A-Box

Why I Love My Bathroom-in-A-Box

If you love good design but can’t get there yourself, Lowes’ ready-to-go bathrooms could be for you. They were for me, and this is why.

01/29/2014
The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: * Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) * Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of...

01/28/2014
Don’t Wait! Move Up to the Home You Always Wanted

Don’t Wait! Move Up to the Home You Always Wanted

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are still below those of a few years ago and interest rates are still below 5%. However, sellers should realize that waiting to make the move while...

Home Sales Reach Seven Year High
01/27/2014
Home Sales Reach Seven Year High

Home Sales Reach Seven Year High

There are many naysayers declaring that the housing market is still challenged. Young adults are burdened with too much student debt. Interest rate increases are killing demand. Homeownership is no longer seen as part of the American Dream. We just want to let these naysayers know three things:...

Home Sales Hit 7-Year High
01/23/2014
Home Sales Hit 7-Year High

Home Sales Hit 7-Year High

Home sales surged in 2013 even as prices continued to rise in all regions of the country.

Even a Duck Knows the Importance of Prospecting
01/23/2014
Even a Duck Knows the Importance of Prospecting

Even a Duck Knows the Importance of Prospecting

You can learn so much just by observing nature. Last year, Steve was staying at a fabulous hotel in southern California. He and his wife were having lunch at an outside table at the hotel restaurant. It was impossible not to notice the ducks that gathered around the tables at the restaurant...

Difference Between a ‘White Lie’ and Lying
01/22/2014
Difference Between a ‘White Lie’ and Lying

Difference Between a ‘White Lie’ and Lying

Growing up it seemed ‘white lies’ were okay while lying was a sin. As children, we sometimes had difficulty understanding where the line was. As we matured, we realized there most definitely was a difference. If a husband or wife asks if it is okay to invite their parents over for dinner, the...

01/21/2014
4 Things You Need from Your Listing Agent

4 Things You Need from Your Listing Agent

Are you thinking of selling your home? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than...

01/20/2014
3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a...

01/17/2014
'Boomerang' Buyers Flying Back [INFOGRAPHIC]

'Boomerang' Buyers Flying Back [INFOGRAPHIC]

Note: “Boomerang buyers” are former homeowners who have gone through a short sale, foreclosure, or bankruptcy in the past few years and are saving up for a down payment to purchase a home again.

Two Controversial Mortgage Products Agents Should Know About
01/16/2014
Two Controversial Mortgage Products Agents Should Know About

Two Controversial Mortgage Products Agents Should Know About

Today we are pleased to welcome back Nikki Buckelew as our guest blogger. Nikki is the Founder and CEO of the Seniors Real Estate Institute. We already know from NAR that 1 in 4 home sales in 2012 involved a seller over the age of 65. It’s also no secret that the aging population is growing...

How Will New LEED Standards Protect Homeowners?
01/14/2014
How Will New LEED Standards Protect Homeowners?

How Will New LEED Standards Protect Homeowners?

Most homes are filled with toxic vapors thanks to chemical-based building materials. Now a green building leader wants to clear the air.

01/14/2014
The Impact of Increasing Mortgage Rates on Prices

The Impact of Increasing Mortgage Rates on Prices

Many pundits are warning that there will be a drop in real estate values because mortgage rates are beginning to increase. The logic makes sense. However, history shows that increasing rates have not negatively impacted home values in the past. Four times over the last 30 years mortgage interest...

01/13/2014
The #1 Reason You Should Sell Now

The #1 Reason You Should Sell Now

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the supply of homes for sale...

01/10/2014
Predictions for 2014: Go Mobile or Go Home

Predictions for 2014: Go Mobile or Go Home

There is no doubt that the consumer’s desire to access housing information through the internet will continue to increase throughout 2014. However, that doesn’t mean the value of the real estate agent has diminished. Inman News recently cited a NAR survey when they reported: “Use of the Internet...

01/09/2014
Predictions for 2014: Consumers Will Demand More from Real Estate Professionals

Predictions for 2014: Consumers Will Demand More from Real Estate Professionals

Home search will become a given to the real estate consumer in 2014. In order to differentiate themselves from other agents, real agents will need to bring strong, meaningful content to the table in all their offerings. And we are not talking just about more information. There’s a large gap...

01/08/2014
Predictions for 2014: Interest Rates Will Increase Significantly

Predictions for 2014: Interest Rates Will Increase Significantly

Most experts are calling for an increase in mortgage interest rates in 2014. However, we believe the increase will be more dramatic than is being projected. We believe rates will be closer to 6% than 5% by year’s end. The Fed announced last month that they would be pulling back some of their...

01/07/2014
Predictions for 2014: Supply Will Struggle to Keep Up with Demand

Predictions for 2014: Supply Will Struggle to Keep Up with Demand

With a dramatic increase in demand for housing expected this year, it will be up to real estate professionals and builders to make sure there is the necessary inventory to satisfy this demand. This will be a challenge for much of 2014. For a balanced real estate market, there should be...

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