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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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Things That Could Help You Win a Bidding War on a Home | MyKCM

With a limited number of homes for sale today and so many buyers looking to make a purchase before mortgage rates rise further, bidding wars are common. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), nationwide, homes are getting an average of 4.8 offers per sale. Here’s a look at how that breaks down state-by-state (see map below):

The same report from NAR shows the average buyer made two offers before getting their third offer accepted. In this type of competitive housing market, it’s important to know what levers you can pull to help you beat the competition. While a real estate professional is your ultimate guide to presenting a strong offer, here are a few things you could consider.

Offering over

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Think Smarter Nick Warren

Nick and the rest of the office recently got a special behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new Raffles Residences. This month, he talks about the exciting aspects of these highly anticipated homes and how they will blend into the Boston landscape.

What can you tell us about the new Raffles Residences?

Like many Bostonians, I had never heard of the Raffles hotel brand before. Walking into the sales center of the Raffles Residences, I sensed a different level of quality and finishes in these homes compared to what we see in many of the new luxury towers in Boston. 

The attention to detail was noticeable immediately, even in the small details like the knockers on the front door. 

This group of developers definitely wasn’t interested in

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The Future of Home Price Appreciation and What It Means for You | MyKCM

Many consumers are wondering what will happen with home values in the Boston area over the next few years. Some are concerned that the recent run-up in home prices will lead to a situation similar to the housing crash 15 years ago.

However, experts say the market is totally different today. For example, Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, tweeted just last week on this issue:

“. . . We do need price appreciation to slow today (it’s not sustainable over the long run) but high price growth today is supported by fundamentals- short supply, lower rates & demographic demand. And we are in a much different & safer space: better credit quality, low DTI [Debt-To-Income] & tons of equity. Hence, a crash in prices is very

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Think Smarter Nick Warren

As we enter the spring market, which is historically the busiest in Boston real estate, Nick gives his insight on what you can expect during the season. He offers tips for sellers looking to make a move and those looking for their first home in the Boston area.

What do you expect to see in the busy spring market over the next few months?

One of the factors likely contributing to the increased demand we have already seen in 2022 is the additional six rate hikes the Fed will likely make before the end of the year.  Many buyers are racing against the clock to lock in mortgage rates before they creep higher and reduce their buying power.  

I believe that this trend will continue to get stronger as we get into the spring market resulting in

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