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Latinos & New Year’s Resolutions

December 26, 2013 10:48 am

12 GrapesWith their preparation for the holidays the Latino culture also prepares for some rituals, customs and traditions that are going to help to augur a New Year. Depending on the country or origin these traditions may vary, but one of the most commons in general is the 12 grapes and the 12 wishes. At 12 o’clock (or midnight), with the 12 chimes of the clock they will eat 12 grapes while asking for their 12 wishes. But what does this have to do with real estate? One of those 12 wishes, you will have the opportunity to help to fulfill. The wish to buy a new home!

Happy Holidays from the KCM Crew!

December 24, 2013 10:42 am

See You Thursday!

Tapering Begins!

December 23, 2013 10:42 am

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 as the KCM Blog has been warning of this likelihood over the last several months. We even went against the belief of the vast majority of economists who thought the Fed would wait until next year. In this month’s edition of KCM, we quoted Bill McBride of Calculated Risk: “Although the consensus is the Fed will wait until 2014 to start to taper asset purchases, December is still possible.” We also gave our members the following grouping of slides to help them explain the ramifications of the Fed’s decision during meetings with buyers and sellers. 12-23 Taper Visual

What it Means to the Consumer

Household Formations Projected to Surge! [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 20, 2013 10:36 am

Households Infographic

What it takes to Build a Great Listing Inventory

December 19, 2013 10:36 am

Experts across the country are projecting that buyer demand will remain strong for the foreseeable future. Frank E. Nothaft, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac recently proclaimed: “We expect single-family home sales and housing starts to be at the highest level since 2007.” Due to this demand, taking quality listings will continue to be extremely important to your success throughout 2014. This will create a tremendous opportunity for those agents who can dominate the listing side of the business. But what will it take to achieve maximum success? Here are 5 things that you'll need to do: