5 reasons to buy a home now instead of spring

November 29, 2012

The KCM Crew on November 28, 2012 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 major reasons purchasers should consider buying: Supply Is Shrinking With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home […]

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Housing Market Uptrend Expected Through 2014

November 14, 2012

ORLANDO (November 9, 2012) – The housing market recovery should continue through the coming years, assuming there are no further limitations on the availability of mortgage credit or a “fiscal cliff,” according to forecast presentations at a residential forum here at the 2012 Realtors®Conference and Expo. Lawrence Yun , chief economist of the National Association of […]

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Does the picture tell the whole story?

October 11, 2012

By Melinda Fulmer of MSN Real Estate Today more than ever, it’s the photos that sell a home, as buyers spend evenings and weekends on their couches poring over slide shows on iPads or laptops. We asked one of the nation’s top visual-marketing experts for advice on evaluating listing photos so buyers can whittle down […]

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Randi Larson Review

October 1, 2012

  When I really started looking for homes, it was just to take advantage of the mortgage rates and the 1031 exchange. It was so much fun looking for property with Michael. And really finding Via Capri, and watching you all work as a team, and going to bat for a client was inspirering. You have […]

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What Does QE3 Mean to Housing?

September 21, 2012

by The KCM Crew on September 18, 2012 · UPDATE: Some of our readers wanted a clear definition of what QE3 actually is. The best explanation we have seen can be read here. The article was posted prior to the decision to move forward by Mr. Bernanke . Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced last week […]

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The Finances of Renting vs. Buying

September 14, 2012

by The KCM Crew on September 14, 2012 Trulia reported this week that homeownership is 45% cheaper than renting in the United States. Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist explained: “Homeownership is cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metros, by a wide margin. Despite the recent price rebound, rents continue to rise faster […]

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U.S. home prices make biggest jump in 6 years

September 7, 2012

By Tiffany HsuSeptember 4, 2012 Nationwide home prices shot up 3.8% in July, making their largest year-over-year leap since 2006, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. The gain marks the fifth straight rise in the gauge, part of a positive swing following a year and a half of slumps. The last time prices rose so […]

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Short Sales vs Foreclosures: The Banks’ Preference

August 30, 2012

by The KCM Crew on August 24, 2012 For months now, we have been letting everyone know that banks were going to begin shifting their focus when liquidating distressed properties. They would start supporting short sales over foreclosures. There is no longer any doubt this is now the new normal. In a recent news release, […]

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Shadow Inventory: It’s Not as Scary as It Looks

August 23, 2012

by Nick Timiraos with the Wall Street Journal August 14, 2012 The housing market is improving because there are more buyers chasing fewer homes. Skeptics of a housing bottom, however, often point to a scary set of numbers: the “shadow inventory” of potential foreclosures—the millions of mortgages that are either inforeclosure or in default. It’s true that home […]

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Mortgage Rates Climb After Months of Record Lows

August 9, 2012

BY: TORY BARRINGER Freddie Mac announced Thursday that after more than three months of record-low drops, mortgage rates slid up this week. Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.55 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending August 2, up from 3.49 percent the previous week. Before this week, the […]

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