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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.

Walk a Mile

October 29, 2013 9:27 am

This is my story. There are many like it, but this one was mine.

FischRealEstate/InstagramAnswer a few calls.

From yard signs (people who almost always say “that’s a lot of money”), from Zillow inquires and from escrow officers. From agents asking for feedback from a showing, from idx inquiries on other agents listings and from buyers who have to see a few houses “right now”. From loan officers telling you the appraisal didn’t come in at the right amount, from a buyer saying “thank you” or from another agent telling you that their seller went with “the other offer” instead. Answer in the middle of dinner with your family, at 11pm, on vacation.

Walk through some houses.