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  • The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]
    by KCM Crew on April 3, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Some Highlights Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will. We may be facing challenging economic times today, but the housing market is poised to help the economy recover, not drag it down. Let’s connect to make sure you’re informed and ready when it’s time to make your move. […]

  • Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying
    by KCM Crew on April 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

    As our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel the effects of the coronavirus? How deep will the impact go? The human toll may forever change families, but the economic impact will rebound with a […]

  • The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year
    by KCM Crew on April 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years. It […]

  • The Economic Impact of Buying a Home
    by KCM Crew on March 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

    We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in a real estate transaction are changing to […]

  • The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice
    by KCM Crew on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The angst caused by the coronavirus has most people on edge regarding both their health and financial situations. It’s at times like these when we want exact information about anything we’re doing – even the correct protocol for grocery shopping. That information brings knowledge, and this gives us a sense of relief and comfort. If […]

  • What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]
    by KCM Crew on March 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Some Highlights: Don’t put your homeownership plans on hold just because you’re stuck inside. There are several things you can do right now to keep your home search moving forward. Connect with an agent, learn about resource programs for things like down payments, and get pre-approved today. […]

  • Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You
    by KCM Crew on March 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

    There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well. Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. Unfortunately, […]

  • Is Now a Good Time to Refinance My Home?
    by KCM Crew on March 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

    With interest rates hitting all-time lows over the past few weeks, many homeowners are opting to refinance. To decide if refinancing your home is the best option for you and your family, start by asking yourself these questions: Why do you want to refinance? There are many reasons to refinance, but here are three of […]

  • Are Older Generations Really Not Selling Their Homes?
    by platarealtygroup on May 21, 2019

    Many studies suggest one of the main reasons for the inventory shortage in today’s market of homes for sale is that older generations have chosen to “age in place” over moving. The 2019 Home Buyers & Sellers Generational Trend Report by NAR clarifies this point! NAR’s findings show that Baby Boomers (43%) and the Silent […]

  • Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!
    by platarealtygroup on May 20, 2019

    In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement […]

  • Top Days to List Your Home for Sale [INFOGRAPHIC]
    by platarealtygroup on May 17, 2019

    Some Highlights: ATTOM Data Solutions conducted an analysis of more than 29 million single family home and condo sales over the past eight years to determine the top days to list your home for sale. The top five days to list your home brought in a 10% premium over market value and are all in […]

  • What is Really Happening with Home Prices?
    by platarealtygroup on May 16, 2019

    Home values have softened over the last twelve months. We are no longer seeing 6-7% annual appreciation levels for the national housing market. The current numbers are closer to 4%. Some have suggested that year-over-year appreciation levels could fall to 3% or less this year. However, a stronger-than-expected economy and a good spring housing market […]

  • 4 Tips for Making a Competitive Offer
    by platarealtygroup on May 15, 2019

    So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call ‘home,’ and you’ve finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true! Below are 4 steps […]

  • New Research Shows Housing Is Affordable For First-Time Buyers
    by platarealtygroup on May 14, 2019

    Home prices have been on the rise for the last seven years, leading many housing market analysts to conclude that first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market due to affordability concerns. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports on the percentage of First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) on a monthly and yearly basis. Their […]

  • A Lack of Inventory Continues to Impact the Housing Market
    by platarealtygroup on May 13, 2019

    The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up and distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) have fallen to their lowest point in years. The market will continue to strengthen in 2019. However, there is one thing that […]

  • A Tale of Two Markets [INFOGRAPHIC]
    by platarealtygroup on May 10, 2019

    Some Highlights: An emerging trend for some time now has been the difference between available inventory and demand in the premium and luxury markets and that in the starter and trade-up markets and what those differences are doing to prices! Inventory continues to rise in the luxury and premium home markets which is causing prices […]

  • What can a property manager do for you?
    by platarealtygroup on January 17, 2019

    Having a rental property is a great way to diversify your investment portfolio and earn additional, passive income in the process. Managing one, however, can carve out a huge chunk of your time. It’s a hands-on business, after all. If you’re not too keen on handling the responsibility, you can always hire a property manager […]

  • Buying Bay Area commercial real estate in a smart way
    by platarealtygroup on January 10, 2019

    With business booming and more people coming in, the Bay Area market is looking hotter than ever for commercial real estate investors. Are you planning on delving into this venture? Here are several tips and tricks that will help you invest in Bay Area commercial real estate. Find a commercial real estate specialist. New to […]

  • 3 Questions to ask before you invest in a condo
    by platarealtygroup on January 3, 2019

    Condos are generating a lot of interest in the Bay Area and with good reason. It provides a variety of flexible real estate options, especially in a market as sought after as the Bay Area. That said, living in a condo doesn’t fit everyone. Here are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself […]

  • Best Locations To Buy An Investment Property In San Francisco
    by platarealtygroup on November 30, 2018

    Without a doubt, San Francisco is currently one of the country’s most lucrative real estate markets. The catch however, is that home prices are peaking at record highs, which can either be a perfect opportunity or a challenge. If you’re serious about buying a San Francisco investment property, it’s important for you to prepare to […]

  • Easy and Affordable Rental Property Upgrades
    by platarealtygroup on November 26, 2018

    Upgrading your rental unit doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of budget-friendly improvements you can do which can create a great impact. Here are a few easy and affordable upgrades you can consider for your rental property: Paint You don’t need to repaint the entire house. You can pick your spots by focusing […]

  • 5 Helpful Tips On Buying A Home In The Bay Area
    by platarealtygroup on November 16, 2018

    The Bay Area market is one of the most competitive housing markets in the country today, which means searching for a property here can seem like a daunting task. The good news is you can put yourself in the best position to buy in the Bay Area simply by being aware of the basics and […]