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With half of 2022 behind us, we have already seen some very interesting changes in the Boston real estate market this year. Nick discusses these changes and how buyers and sellers can best prepare if they are looking to make a move this year.

What has surprised you most about the real estate market in Boston so far in 2022?

The biggest surprise to me is how quickly things have changed.  

At the beginning of this year, we experienced one of the busiest real estate markets I’ve ever seen.  There seemed to be a rush of buyers racing against the looming rise in interest rates.  This rush continued until around April when we suddenly started hearing concerns from buyers and seeing less activity at some listings than we initially expected.  

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What’s Causing Ongoing Home Price Appreciation? | MyKCM

If you’re thinking about making a move, you probably want to know what’s going to happen to home prices for the rest of the year. While experts say price growth will moderate due to the shifting market, ongoing appreciation is expected. That means home prices won’t fall. Here’s a look at two key reasons experts forecast continued price growth: supply and demand.

While Growing, Housing Supply Is Still Low

Even though inventory is increasing this year as the market moderates, supply is still low. The graph below helps tell the story of why there still aren’t enough homes on the market today. It uses data from the Census to show the number of single-family homes that were built in this country going all the way back to the 1970s.

The blue

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Why Pre-Approval Is a Game Changer for Homebuyers | MyKCM

If you’re planning to buy a home around Boston this year, you might have heard that pre-approval is a necessary step to take before starting out on your journey. But why is that? And is it still important in today’s shifting market?

The truth is, getting a pre-approval letter from your lender is critical, and when it comes to your home search, it can be a game changer in so many ways.

To better understand why, it’s important to know what pre-approval is. Freddie Mac defines the process like this:

“A pre-approval is an indication from your lender that they are willing to lend you a certain amount of money to buy your future home. The lender you work with will provide you with a pre-approval letter, which is an official document that

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If You’re Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is Critical | MyKCM

 It can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your home on your own. But today’s market is at a turning point, making it more essential than ever to work with a real estate professional.

Not only will a trusted real estate advisor keep you updated and help you make the best decisions based on current market trends, but they’re also experts in managing the many aspects of selling your house.

Here are five key reasons why working with a real estate professional makes sense today.

1. A Professional Follows the Latest Market Trends

With higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and a growing number of homes for sale, today’s housing market is showing signs of a shift

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Summer is here, and we can’t wait to explore the wonderful outdoors throughout Greater Boston! As temperatures heat up, we look to the Boston real estate market to see if it is following the same trend - or possibly starting to cool down? Nick walks us through what is happening in the market and some ways you can enjoy the wonderful summer season in Boston!

There have been some news reports that the market is cooling or adjusting. Is this true?

Mortgage rates are now above 6%, significantly increasing monthly mortgage payments for those buying now vs. 6-18 months ago.  The increase has affected the real estate market, especially over the past month.  Days on the market have increased, and we’ve seen fewer properties receive multiple offers. 

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Why You Need an Expert To Determine the Right Price for Your House | MyKCM

If your lifestyle has changed recently and you’re ready to make a move, taking advantage of today’s sellers’ market might be just the answer for your summer plans. With homes continuing to get multiple offers around Boston, this could be your moment to get the contract you’re looking for on your house if you’re ready to sell.

And here’s the thing – you need an expert on your side to ensure you make all the right moves when you do, especially when it comes to pricing your house. Even in this competitive market, you can’t stick just any price tag on your home and get the deal you want. A key piece of the puzzle is setting the right asking price so you can help buyers notice your home (and get excited about it) from the very first time they view

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What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market? | MyKCM

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house in Boston, you’re at an exciting decision point. And anytime you make a big decision like that, one thing you should always consider is timing. So, what does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say.

The Number of Homes Available for Sale Is Likely To Grow

There are early signs housing inventory is starting to grow and experts say that should continue in the months ahead. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com:

“The gap between this year’s homes for sale and last year’s is one-fifth the size that it was at the beginning of the year. The catch up is likely to continue, . . . This growth will mean more options for shoppers than

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Work With a Real Estate Professional if You Want the Best Advice | MyKCM

Because buying or selling a home in the Boston area is such a big decision in our lives, the need for clear, trustworthy information and guidance is crucial. And while no one can give you perfect advice, when you align yourself with an expert, you’ll get the best advice for your situation.

An Expert Will Give You the Best Advice Possible

Let’s say you need an attorney, so you seek out an expert in the type of law required for your case. When you go to their office, they won’t immediately tell you how the case is going to end or how the judge or jury will rule. What a good attorney can do, though, is discuss the most effective strategies you can take. They may recommend one or two approaches they believe will work well for your case.

Then,

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Think Smarter Nick Warren

This month, Nick advises first-time home buyers and ideas for helping them navigate the competitive landscape of the Boston real estate market. Read on to learn how to make an offer competitive and one crucial piece of advice that can help you buy your first home.

What makes the Boston real estate market unique for first-time buyers?

First-time homebuyers in Boston are a bit different. Given that our average sold price in Boston is now over $1m, first-time buyers typically have to wait a bit longer until they can afford to buy a property here vs. other parts of the country.  

Even if they are waiting until they are in their late 20s or 30s, they still may not have enough money for a down payment, so we often see first-time buyers get help

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Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say | MyKCM

Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters to you. Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices in the Boston area, where experts say they’re headed, and how this impacts your homeownership goals.

What’s Happening with Home Prices? 

Home prices have seen 121 consecutive months of year-over-year increases. CoreLogic says:

“Price appreciation averaged 15% for the full year of 2021, up from the 2020 full year average of 6%.”

So why are prices climbing so much? It’s because there are more buyers than there are homes for sale. This imbalance is expected to maintain that upward pressure on home prices because homes for sale

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