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FSBOs Must Be Ready to Negotiate

November 5, 2013 9:42 am

crazyIn a recovering market, some sellers might be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. The real estate agent is a trained and experienced negotiator. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must realize the ability to negotiate will determine whether they get the best deal for themselves and their family. Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:

Chicken Little is Wrong: Homeownership Still the American Dream

November 4, 2013 9:39 am

Chicken LittleAfter the harrowing challenges experienced by so many homeowners over the last few years, many housing experts had predicted that the belief in homeownership as a major element of the American Dream would soon die. There is now conclusive evidence that these experts were wrong. As we reported back in September, The Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University completed a study which concluded: “The long term cultural preference for owning seems to have weathered the recent housing crisis.”

Importance of Curb Appeal [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 1, 2013 9:33 am

Today we are featuring an infographic originally created for Door Emporium by Optimal Targeting.  - The KCM Crew

Curb Appeal Infographic


Buying or Selling: Now May Be the Time

October 31, 2013 9:33 am

As we enter the winter months, many expect the real estate market to begin to slow down. However, this winter there are many reasons that both buyers and sellers should consider moving forward with their real estate goals instead of waiting until the spring. BUYERS Waiting until the spring will probably mean increases in the two elements that determine the cost of purchasing a home: home prices and mortgage rates. SELLERS

Taking the Spooky Feeling Out of Foreclosures

October 30, 2013 9:27 am

Buying a Foreclosure isn’t as Risky as You May Think, with the Proper Know-How Last week, when Amanda Kostina laid out her 10 Hidden Hazards When Buying Foreclosure, it hit close to home. My husband and I relocated to Florida in the midst of the credit crunch, and what awaited me in my new home state was a depressed real estate market. Even though foreclosures had always been part of my repertoire, nothing could prepare me for the crash course I was about to get in the owned-asset market.