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The housing market keeps sailing along. The only headwind that could take it off course is the lack of inventory for sale. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that there were 410,000 fewer single-family homes for sale this March than in March of 2020. The key to continued success in the residential housing market is for more listings to come on the market. However, many homeowners are concerned that selling their homes could be challenging for several reasons.

Recently, Homes.com released the findings of a survey that identified these concerns, as well as what it will take for homeowners to feel comfortable selling their houses. Here are the four major homeowner concerns and a quick explanation of what’s actually happening in the housing

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The Inventory Crisis

Over the past few months, there hasn’t been a morning that my notifications weren’t filled with headlines talking about the real estate inventory crisis.  I can’t even escape hearing about it while mindlessly scrolling through TikTok!  

But, while we are all well aware of the crisis, understanding why it is happening isn’t as clear, even to those in the real estate industry.  So I figured I’d try to summarize my thoughts on what is happening in “this crazy real estate market!”.

The Perfect Storm

There isn’t just one factor that created the situation we are experiencing.  It is more of a “perfect storm” of multiple scenarios playing out at the same time.  Below are, in my opinion, some of the biggest culprits.

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4 Tips to Maximize the Sale of Your House | MyKCM

Homeowners ready to make a move are definitely in a great position to sell today all around Boston. Housing inventory is incredibly low, driving up buyer competition. This gives homeowners leverage to sell for the best possible terms, and it’s fueling a steady rise in home prices throughout Greater Boston.

In such a hot market, houses are selling quickly. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes are typically on the market for just 18 short days. Despite the speed and opportunity for sellers, there are still steps you can take to prep your house to shine so you get the greatest possible return.

1. Make Buyers Feel at Home

One of the ways to make this happen is to take time to declutter. Pack away any personal items

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Josh Stephens and the Moving Greater Boston Team were recently recognized as the top sales team for all of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Massachusetts for the fourth quarter of 2020. With thousands of agents in the state, this accomplishment showcases the dedication and hard-working qualities of this sales team. Only a few months ago, they achieved another huge milestone as they closed over $100 Million in career sales. These achievements come after only 7 years in the business while working with numerous buyers, sellers, and investors throughout the Greater Boston area. 

This team has been recognized at both the local and national levels, achieving top awards for sales over the past few years. They are consistently recognized as sales and listing

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Think Smarter with Nick

Spring is officially here, and the Boston real estate market certainly is heating up like the weather! Nick gives tips for sellers looking to make a move this spring - and how to best prepare your home for sale, as well as pricing their home competitively. He also offers an important suggestion for buyers navigating the common bidding wars we are seeing in the market today.

As the spring market fully gets underway, we see a vast amount of activity, especially in suburban markets. What can sellers in these areas do to make their homes more appealing to buyers?

Even though inventory is low in the suburbs and homes fly off the shelves, it still doesn’t mean that a seller shouldn’t position their property in the best possible way.  My recommendation

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What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market | MyKCM

If you’ve given even a casual thought to selling your house in the near future, this is the time to really think seriously about making a move. Here’s why this season is the ultimate sellers’ market around Boston and the optimal time to make sure your house is available for buyers who are looking for homes to purchase.

The latest Existing Home Sales Report from The National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the inventory of houses for sale is still astonishingly low, sitting at just a 2-month supply at the current sales pace.

Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal’ or ‘neutral’ market in which there are enough homes available for active buyers (See graph below):

What It Means To Be in a Sellers’ Market | MyKCM

When the supply of houses for sale around Boston is

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Think Smarter with Nick

As we head into the spring market, Nick discusses how this year compares to years past in terms of the Boston real estate market. With housing inventory down over 25% nationally, it is a seller’s market in many areas. Nick gives tips for those looking to make a purchase during this time and also advises how sellers can best take advantage of this market.

According to the National Association of Realtors latest report, housing inventory across the country is down by 25.7% year-over-year. What are you seeing specifically in the Boston area?

We are really looking at two entirely different real estate markets when it comes to Boston vs. the suburbs.  In Boston, our condo inventory is actually up 32.85% YoY (as of 3.15.21) yet, in the suburbs,

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Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring? | MyKCM

Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the Boston housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year. Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the housing market and how it will bloom this season.

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, realtor.com:

“Despite early weakness, we expect to see new listings grow in March and April as they traditionally do heading into spring, and last year’s extraordinarily low new listings comparison point will mean year over year gains. One other potential bright spot for would-be homebuyers, new construction, which has risen at a year over year pace of 20% or more for the last few

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Is It a Good Time to Sell My House? | MyKCM

Last year, many homeowners thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to selling safely. The latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) by Fannie Mae shows that 57% of consumers believe now is a good time to sell.

Doug Duncan, Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, explains:

“Overall, the index’s monthly increase was driven largely by a substantial jump in the share of consumers reporting that it’s a good time to sell a home, with many citing favorable mortgage rates, high home prices, and low housing inventory as their primary rationale.”

Normally, spring is the busiest season in the Boston housing

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Where Have All the Houses Gone? | MyKCM

In today’s housing market, it seems harder than ever to find a home to buy, especially in the Boston area. Before the health crisis hit us a year ago, there was already a shortage of homes for sale. When many homeowners delayed their plans to sell at the same time that more buyers aimed to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates and purchase a home, housing inventory dropped even further. Experts consider this to be the biggest challenge facing an otherwise hot market while buyers continue to compete for homes. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:

“With buyers active in the market and seller participation lagging, homes are selling quickly and the total number available for sale at any point in time continues to

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