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Homeownership: The Real Story Behind The Headlines

Posted by Janice Ziesig on August 25, 2015 in  Buy  Sell
The big housing news this week is that the homeownership rate has dropped to 63.4% which represents the lowest rate in 48 years. That news definitely is making headlines. Yet, to fully understand what this means we have to look at the story that created these headlines. There is no doubt the homeownership rate has declined since the housing crisis. Here is a graph showing the homeownership rate over the last twenty years. It skyrocketed during the housing boom and has steadily fallen since the bust: The story... read more
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We are pleased to have Nikki Buckelew back as our guest blogger for today’s post. Nikki has extensive experience working with seniors and is the Founder & CEO of the Senior Real Estate Institute. Enjoy! – The KCM Crew  If you have not bought or sold a home in a few years (or maybe decades) it is likely that there are more than a few new trends in real estate that you will encounter as you begin to interview real estate agents. One particular trend now common among many real estate brokerage... read more
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Some Highlights: The national median home price for Q2 is up 8.2% to $229,400 The income needed to afford the median home in each region is directly impacted by the amount of the down payment. The larger the down payment the lower the income needed to pay the monthly mortgage payment. The West led the way with the highest median home price at $325,200. For more information about specific metro areas you can find the full report here. ... read more
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Baby Boomers: Home Is Where The Heart Is

Posted by Janice Ziesig on August 21, 2015 in  Buy  Sell  Senior Market
Within the next five years, Baby Boomers are projected to have the largest household growth of any other generation during that same time period, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Let’s take a look at why… In Merrill Lynch’s latest study, “Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices” they surveyed nearly 6,000 adults ages 21 and older about housing. Crossing the “Freedom Threshold” Throughout our lives, there are of... read more
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One of the biggest questions plaguing the current housing market is where mortgage interest rates will be at this time next year. Over the last two months, rates have begun to creep up (see chart). Though we don’t like to project rates moving forward, we do want you and your family to have the information you need in order to decide whether to wait before buying your first house or moving up to your ultimate dream home. Here are the most current mortgage rate projections from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the ... read more
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