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Found 156 blog entries published by Greg Kiep.

Real Estate Voted the Best Investment Eight Years in a Row | MyKCM

In an annual Gallup poll, Americans chose real estate as the best long-term investment. And it’s not the first time it’s topped the list, either. Real estate has been on a winning streak for the past eight years, consistently gaining traction as the best long-term investment (see graph below):

Real Estate Voted the Best Investment Eight Years in a Row | MyKCM

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home this year, this poll should reassure you. Even when inflation is rising like it is today, Americans agree an investment like real estate truly shines.

Why Is Real Estate a Great Investment During Times of High Inflation?

With inflation reaching its highest level in 40 years, it’s more important than ever to understand the financial benefits of homeownership. Rising inflation means prices are increasing

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Think Smarter Nick Warren

As spring approaches, many people start thinking about listing their homes for sale in the Boston area. Nick discusses what sellers can expect this year in suburban and city markets. He also gives tips for best maximizing your sale price when you sell.

What can sellers expect in the suburban markets around Boston?

2022 seems to be following in 2021’s footsteps regarding the suburban market. Our agents report even more activity at open houses and multiple offer scenarios. Buyers are becoming more aggressive with dropping contingencies to compete. I believe that this is partially due to buyers' rush to get something under agreement before rates rise.  

I expect this trend to continue for a few months until the rates rise to a point where some

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What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year | MyKCM

If you’re planning to sell your Boston home this year, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your house ready to appeal to the most buyers. It’s crucial to work with a trusted real estate professional who knows your local market to get your home ready to sell. But there are a few things you should consider when deciding what to renovate and update before listing this season. Here are three things to keep top of mind as you’re making your list of projects to tackle this year.

1. The Number of Homes for Sale Is Very Low

Housing inventory sits far below what is normally considered a balanced market. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the latest data indicates inventory is hitting an all-time

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Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers | MyKCM

If you’re thinking about selling your Boston area home in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers are in that exact situation right now. Here’s why.

Demand Is Very Strong

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains:

“Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. . . . With mortgage rates

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With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act | MyKCM

Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the highest point it’s been in almost two years. If you’re thinking about buying a home in the Boston area, this news may have come as a bit of a shock. But the truth is, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Experts have been calling for rates to rise in their 2022 projections, and the forecast is now becoming a reality. Here’s a look at the projections from Freddie Mac for this year:

  • Q1 2022: 3.4%
  • Q2 2022: 3.5%
  • Q3 2022: 3.6%
  • Q4 2022: 3.7%

As the numbers show, this jump in rates is in line with the expectations from Freddie Mac. And what they also indicate is that mortgage rates are projected to continue climbing throughout the

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Think Smarter Nick Warren

As we enter into a new year, Nick chats about some exciting new projects around Boston. He also gives tips for buyers and renters looking to make a move in the new year.

What are some new developments that you are excited about this year?

I’m excited to see the St. Regis Residences in the Seaport be completed.  Their services and finishes are extraordinary and will set a new bar for Boston luxury real estate.  Our agents have pre-construction access for anyone interested in potentially purchasing a condo in this project.  

Another new luxury development slated for completion in 2022 is The Parker.   Just steps from the Boston Common, this development has some of the best deals in new construction anywhere in the city.  I also think there is

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5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home | MyKCM

As a buyer in a sellers’ market, sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you’re ready to make an offer on a home in the Boston area, remember these five easy tips to help you rise above the competition.

1. Know Your Budget

Knowing your budget and what you can afford is critical to your success as a homebuyer. The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan. As Freddie Mac puts it:

“This pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence and demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer.”

Showing sellers you’re serious can give you a competitive edge, and it helps you act quickly when you’ve found your perfect

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Key Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage | MyKCM

Once you’ve found your dream home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. It’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating your new place, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any major life changes, be sure to consult your lender – someone who’s qualified to explain how your financial decisions may impact your home loan.

Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t do after applying for a mortgage. They’re all important to know – or simply just good reminders – for the process.

1. Don’t Deposit Cash into Your Bank Accounts Before Speaking with Your Bank or Lender.

Lenders need to source your money, and cash isn’t easily traceable. Before you deposit

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What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022? | MyKCM

 

If you’re thinking of buying a home in today’s housing market, you may be wondering how strong your investment will be. You might be asking yourself: if I buy a home now, will it lose value? Or will it continue to appreciate going forward? The good news is, according to the experts, home prices are not projected to decline. Here’s why.

With buyers still outweighing sellers, home prices are forecast to continue climbing in 2022, just at a slower or more moderate pace. Why the continued increase? It’s the simple law of supply and demand. When there are fewer items on the market than there are buyers, the competition for that item makes prices naturally rise.

And while the number of homes for sale today is expected to improve with more

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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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