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      Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values

      Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values | MyKCM

      Will home values continue to appreciate throughout 2018? The answer is simple: YES! – as long as there are more purchasers in the market than there are available homes for them to buy. This is known as the theory of “supply and demand,” which is defined as:

      “The amount of a commodity, product, or service available and the desire of buyers for it, considered as factors regulating its price.”

      When demand exceeds supply, prices go up. Every month this year, demand (buyer traffic) has increased as compared to last year and for the first five months of 2018, supply (the number of available listings) had decreased as compared to last year. However, a recent report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed the first year-over-year increase in supply in three years.

      Here are the numbers for supply and demand as compared to last year since the beginning of 2018:

      Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values | MyKCM

      The increase in the June numbers doesn’t mean that prices won’t continue to appreciate. In that same report, Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, explained:

      “It’s important to note that despite the modest year-over-year rise in inventory, the current level is far from what’s needed to satisfy demand levels.

      Furthermore, it remains to be seen if this modest increase will stick, given the fact that the robust economy is bringing more interested buyers into the market, and new home construction is failing to keep up.”

      Bottom Line

      The reason home prices are still rising is that there are many purchasers looking to buy but very few homeowners ready to sell. This imbalance is the reason prices will remain on the uptick.

      5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Before Entering the Market!

      5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional Before Entering the Market! | MyKCM

      Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite the adventure. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ‘FSBO,’ but it’s not as easy as it may seem. That’s why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal!

      The 5 reasons you need a real estate professional in your corner haven’t changed but have rather been strengthened by the projections of higher mortgage interest rates and home prices as the market continues to pick up steam.

      1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

      Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true real estate professional is an expert in his or her market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

      2. So you found your dream house, now what?

      There are over 230 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to ensure you achieve your dream?

      3. Are you a good negotiator?

      So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. After looking at the list of parties that you will need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll soon realize the value in selecting a real estate professional. From the buyers (who want the best deals possible), to the home inspection companies, all the way to the appraisers, there are at least 11 different people who you will need to be knowledgeable of, and answer to, during the process.

      4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

      It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start in order to attract the right buyers and shorten the amount of time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you its true value. According to a recent article by the National Association of Realtors, FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than the prices of similar properties sold by real estate agents:

      “FSBOs earn an average of $60,000 to $90,000 less on the sale of their home than sellers who work with a real estate agent.”

      Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional!

      5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

      There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

      Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

      “When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

      Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

      Bottom Line

      You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic, so why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a real estate professional?

      5 Reasons Why to Sell This Summer!

      5 Reasons Why to Sell This Summer! | MyKCM

      Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.

      1. Demand Is Strong

      The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase…and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.

      Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

      2. There Is Less Competition Now

      Housing inventory has declined year-over-year for the last 35 months and is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in the market. This is good news for homeowners who have gained equity as their home values have increased. However, additional inventory could be coming to the market soon.

      Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in his or her home was six, but that number has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.

      The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until this other inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.

      3. The Process Will Be Quicker

      Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and much simpler as buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the average time it took to close a loan was 41 days.

      4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

      If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up! The inventory of homes for sale at these higher price ranges has forced these markets into a buyer’s market. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, your home will sell quickly, AND you’ll be able to find a premium home to call your own!

      Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year, according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

      5. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

      Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

      Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.

      That is what is truly important.

      Drop in Inventory Fuels Sales Slowdown [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Drop in Inventory Fuels Sales Slowdown [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

      Some Highlights:

      • Existing Home Sales are now at an annual pace of 5.46 million.
      • Inventory of existing homes for sale dropped to a 4-month supply, marking the 35th month in a row of declines.
      • The median price of homes sold in April was $257,900. This is the 74th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains.

      7 Reasons Why to buy now

      In some areas of the country - especially on the high end - buyers are in 2 camps: they want an ultra-bargain or they want to wait-and-see.....

      As we experience these BUYER JITTERS in some markets these are the most valuable reasons why buying now - possibly in a market in decline in areas - is simply smart. What if a recession is coming? Why buy now? We actually may be experiencing the ULTIMATE buyers market, one where there is more choice, pricing is down and negotiability reigns AND financing is available. Here are my TOP 7 reasons why buying now makes sense:

      1. CHOICE: In most seller's markets buyers have fewer choices and often make poor ones out of desperation. Today there are many more choices. Buying the 'best of' always makes the most sense. A-grade real estate weathers storms better and escalates further in up-markets.

      2. NEGOTIABILITY:  Most markets don't allow much - if any - negotiation during a Seller's market. Being able to negotiate a price may allow you to absorb further downward movement....if it comes. If it doesn't - or if its not as much as anticipated - you may have built in an automatic upside.

      3. FINANCING:  Interest rates may be creeping up, yet they are still near historic lows. Most importantly, financing is AVAILABLE. In recessions, people lose jobs and credit dries up and usually. it becomes much tougher to obtain financing.

      4. HATE WASTE:  Every rent check is (after tax) money you will never see again. Every mortgage payment can build equity, a form of a forced savings account.

      5. TAXES: The tax deduction is smaller but $750k is nothing to sneeze at! Yes, it may be smaller, but it's still there. There are still numerous other tax benefits from owning investment real estate.

      6. COMPOUNDED INFLATION: Inflation - especially higher inflation in larger cities - is not going away. Slowly, but certainly, just like compounding interest, this elevates valuation over time. Building materials and labor costs keep rising.

      7. QUALITY OF LIFE:  Most neighborhoods and buildings with owned properties provide a superior quality of life. if you are buying on the high end, chances are you are wealthier. Life is short: live well! Wealth is a rare gift: enjoy its fruits.

      Don't Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now

      Dont Wait to Sell Your House! Buyers Are Out Now | MyKCM

      Recently released data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests that a now is a great time to sell your home. The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item is realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high.

      Let’s see how this applies to the current residential real estate market.

      SUPPLY

      It is no secret that the supply of homes for sale has been far below the number needed to sustain a normal market for over a year at this point. A normal market requires six months of housing inventory to meet the demand. The latest report from NAR revealed that there is currently only a 3.6-month supply of houses on the market.

      Supply is currently very low!

       

      DEMAND

      A report that was just released tells us that demand is very strong. The most recent Foot Traffic Report (which sheds light on the number of buyers who are actually out looking at homes) disclosed that “foot traffic grew 10.5 points to 52.4 in March as the new season approaches.”

      Demand is currently very high!

       

      Bottom Line

      Waiting to sell will only increase the competition between you and all of the other sellers putting their houses on the market later this summer. If you are debating whether or not to list your home, let’s get together to discuss the conditions in our market.

      Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running

      Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running | MyKCM

      Every year, Gallup surveys Americans to determine their choice for the best long-term investment. Respondents are given a choice between real estate, stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.

      For the fifth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as the best long-term investment!

      This year’s results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 26%. The full results are shown in the chart below.

      Real Estate Tops Best Investment Poll for 5th Year Running | MyKCM

      The study makes it a point to draw attention to the contrast in the sentiment over the last five years compared to that of 2011-2012, when gold took the top slot with 34% of the votes. Real estate and stocks took second and third place, respectively, while still in recovery from the Great Recession.

      Bottom Line

      As the real estate market has recovered, so has the belief of the American people in the stability of housing as a long-term investment.

      5 Ways Tax Reform Has Impacted the 2018 Housing Market

      5 Ways Tax Reform Has Impacted the 2018 Housing Market | MyKCM

      Starting late last year, some predicted that the 2018 tax changes would cripple the housing market. Headlines warned of the potential for double-digit price depreciation and suggested that buyer demand could drop like a rock. There was even sentiment that homeownership could lose its coveted status as a major component of the American Dream.

      Now that the first quarter numbers are in, we can begin to decipher the actual that impact tax reform has had on the real estate market.

      1. Has tax reform killed off home buyer demand? The answer is “NO.”

      According to the Showing Time Index which “tracks the average number of buyer showings on active residential properties on a monthly basis” and is a “highly reliable leading indicator of current and future demand trends,” buyer demand has increased each month over the last three months and is HIGHER than it was for the same months last year. Buyer demand is not down. It is up.

      2. Have the tax changes affected America’s belief in real estate as a long-term investment? The answer is “NO.”

      Two weeks ago, Gallup released its annual survey which asks Americans which asset they believed to be the best long-term investment. The survey revealed:

      “More Americans name real estate over several other vehicles for growing wealth as the best long-term investment for the fifth year in a row. Just over a third cite real estate for this, while roughly a quarter name stocks or mutual funds.” 

      The survey also showed that the percentage of Americans who believe real estate is the best long-term investment was unchanged from a year ago.

      3. Has the homeownership rate been negatively impacted by the tax changes? The answer is “NO.”

      Not only did the homeownership rate not crash, it increased when compared to the first quarter of last year according to data released by the Census Bureau.

      In her latest Z Report,” Ivy Zelman explains that tax reform didn’t hurt the homeownership rate, but instead, enhanced it:

      “We have been of the opinion that homeownership is most highly correlated with income and the net effect of tax reform would be a positive, rather than negative catalyst for the homeownership rate. While still in the early innings of tax changes, this has proven to be the case.”

      4. Has the upper-end market been crushed by new State and Local Taxes (SALT) limitations? The answer is “NO.”

      In the National Association of Realtors latest Existing Home Sales Report it was revealed that:

      • Sales between $500,000 and $750,000 were up 4.5% year-over-year
      • Sales between $750,000 and $1M were up 15.1% year-over-year
      • Sales over $1M were up 17.3% year-over-year

      5. Will the reforms in the tax code cause home prices to tumble over the next twelve months? The answer is “NO.”

      According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, home prices will appreciate in each of the 50 states over the next twelve months. Appreciation is projected to be anywhere from 1.9% to 10.3% with the national average being 4.7%.

      Bottom Line

      The doomsday scenarios that some predicted based on tax reform fears seem to have already blown over based on the early housing industry numbers being reported.

      50% of Homes Sold in 30 Days in March [INFOGRAPHIC]

      50% of Homes Sold in 30 days in March [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

      Some Highlights:

      • The National Association of REALTORS® recently surveyed their members for their Confidence Index.
      • The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.
      • Homes sold in less than 60 days in 35 out of 50 states and Washington D.C.
      • Homes typically went under contract in 30 days in March!

      This Just In: Data Says May is the Best Month to Sell Your Home

      This Just In: Data Says May is the Best Month to Sell Your Home | MyKCM

      According to a newly released study by ATTOM Data Solutions, selling your home in the month of May will net you an average of 5.9% above estimated market value for your home.

      For the study, ATTOM performed an “analysis of 14.7 million home sales from 2011 to 2017” and found the average seller premium achieved for each month of the year. Below is a breakdown by month:

      This Just In: Data Says May is the Best Month to Sell Your Home | MyKCM

      ATTOM even went a step further and broke their results down by day.

      Top 5 Days to Sell:

      • June 28th – 9.1% above market
      • February 15th – 9.0% above market
      • May 31st – 8.3% above market
      • May 29th – 8.2% above market
      • June 21st – 8.1% above market

      It should come as no surprise that May and June dominate as the top months to sell and that 4 of the top 5 days to sell fall in those two months. The second quarter of the year (April, May, June) is referred to as the Spring Buyers Season when competition is fierce to find a dream home, which often leads to bidding wars.

      One caveat to mention though, is that when broken down by metroATTOM noticed that while warmer climates share in the overall trend, it turns out that they have different top months for sales. The best month to get the highest price in Miami, FL, for instance, was January, and Phoenix, AZ came in with November leading the charge.

      If you’re thinking of selling your home this year, the time to list is NOW! According to the National Association of Realtors, homes sold in an average of just 30 days last month! If you list now, you’ll have a really good chance to sell in May or June, setting yourself up for getting the best price!

      Bottom Line

      Let’s get together to discuss the market conditions in our area and get you the most exposure to the buyers who are ready and willing to buy!

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