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Think Smarter Nick Warren

The holiday season is right around the corner! What does this mean in the world of Boston real estate? Nick talks about what you can expect when selling your home during the holidays and also gives a few ideas on how to celebrate the season in the Greater Boston area!

Is selling a home during the holidays a good idea? Is there anything specific to consider for sellers looking to do so?

There are pros and cons to listing your property for sale during the holidays.  The biggest con is that some buyers put their search on hold during this time in order to spend time with family, travel, etc.  However, in a strong market like the one we are currently in, most buyers are still actively looking for the right property, even during the holiday

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How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates | MyKCM

Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 3.1%, and experts project rates will continue rising through 2022:

“The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.9% in the third quarter of 2021. We forecast mortgage rates to increase slightly through the remainder of the year and reach 3.0%, rising to 3.5% for full year 2022.”

If you’re thinking of buying a home in the Boston area, here are a few things to keep in mind so you can succeed even as mortgage rates rise.

Taking Time Off Can Be Costly

Mortgage rates play a significant role in your home search. As rates go up, your monthly mortgage payment increases if you’re buying a home, directly affecting how much you can afford. And even the smallest

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Home Sales About To Surge? We May See a Winter Like Never Before. | MyKCM

Like most industries, residential real estate has a seasonality to it. For example, toy stores sell more toys in October, November, and December than they do in any other three-month span throughout the year. More cars are sold in the U.S. during the second quarter (April, May, and June) than in any other quarter of the year.

Real estate is very similar. The number of homes sold in the spring around Boston is almost always much greater than at any other time of the year. It’s even labeled as the spring buying season. Historically, the number of buyers and listings for sale significantly increase in the spring and remains strong throughout the summer. Once fall sets in, the number of buyers and sellers typically drops off.

Last year, however,

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What’s Happening with Home Prices? | MyKCM

Many people have questions about home prices right now. How much have prices risen over the past 12 months? What’s happening with home values right now? What’s projected for next year? Here’s a look at the answers to all three of these questions.

How much have home values appreciated over the last 12 months?

According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home values have increased by 18.1% compared to this time last year. Additionally, prices have gone up at an accelerated pace for each of the last eight months (see graph below):

What’s Happening with Home Prices? | MyKCM

The increase in the rate of appreciation that’s shown by CoreLogic coincides with data from the other two main home price indices: the FHFA Home Price Index and the S&P Case Shiller Index.

The

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Experts Project Mortgage Rates Will Continue To Rise in 2022 | MyKCM

Mortgage rates are one of several factors that impact how much you can afford if you’re buying a home in the Boston area. When rates are low, they help you get more house for your money. Within the last year, mortgage rates have hit the lowest point ever recorded, and they’ve hovered in the historic-low territory. But even over the past few weeks, rates have started to rise. This past week, the average 30-year fixed rate was 3.14%.

What does this mean if you’re thinking about making a move? Waiting until next year will cost you more in the long run. Here’s a look at what several experts project for mortgage rates going into 2022.

Freddie Mac:

“The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) is expected to be 3.0 percent in 2021 and 3.5

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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Appraisals and Inspections | MyKCM

Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection in the Boston area. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowded market.

But is that the best move? Buying a home is one of the most important transactions in your lifetime, and it’s critical to keep your best interests in mind. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the appraisal and the inspection, and why each one can potentially save you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road.

Home Appraisal

The home appraisal is a critical step for securing a mortgage on your home. As Home

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Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost You | MyKCM

 

Today’s housing market in Boston is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in January of this year, the golden window of opportunity for buyers isn’t over just yet. If you’re one of the buyers who worry they’ve missed out, rest assured today’s mortgage rates are still worth taking advantage of.

Even today, our mortgage rates are below what they’ve been in recent decades. So, while you may not be able to lock in the rate your friend got recently, you’re still in a great position to secure a rate well below what your parents and even grandparents got in years past. The key will be acting sooner rather than later.

In late September,

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Early October is the Sweet Spot for Buyers | MyKCM

Are you looking to buy a home in the Boston area? If so, we’ve got good news for you.

While there’s no denying the housing market is having a great year, many of the headlines are focused on the perks for sellers. But what about buyers today? As a buyer, you’re likely braving bidding wars and weighing low mortgage rates versus price appreciation as you search for your dream home. If you find yourself a bit discouraged, hear this: there are clear signs buyers may have more opportunities this fall.

According to realtor.com, the sweet spot for buyers is just around the corner. In a recent study, experts analyzed housing market trends by looking at data from the past several years. When applied to the current market, experts determined the ideal

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Think Smarter Nick Warren

The temperatures are cooling, but the Boston real estate market is not! This month, Nick talks about how buyers can best navigate the market if they want to purchase before the end of 2021. He also gives some strategies sellers can utilize to get top dollar during this competitive time.

For buyers looking to make a move before the end of the year, what pieces of advice do you have for them?

For those looking to purchase before the end of the year, whether for personal or financial reasons, one of the biggest things you should plan for is the amount of time it takes to close in real estate. 

Typically, you can expect the actual closing to happen somewhere between 30 and 60 days after putting a property under agreement.  This time frame can be

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One of the major storylines over the last year is how well the residential real estate market performed. One key metric in the spotlight is home price appreciation. According to the latest indices, home prices are skyrocketing this year.

Here are the latest percentages showing the year-over-year increase in home price appreciation:

  • The House Price Index (HPI) from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): 18.8%
  • The S. National Home Price Index from S&P Case-Shiller: 18.6%
  • The Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic: 18%

The dramatic increases are seen at every price point and in all regions of the country including New England and the Boston areas.

Increases Are Across Every Price Point

According to the latest Home Price

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