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Save Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent

Save Time and Effort by
Selling with an Agent | MyKCM

Selling a house is a time-consuming process – especially if you decide to do it on your own, known as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO). From conducting market research to reviewing legal documents, handling negotiations, and more, it's an involved and highly detailed process that requires a lot of expertise to navigate effectively. That's one of the reasons why the percentage of people selling their own house has declined from 19% to 8% (See graph below):Save
Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent | MyKCMTo help you understand just how much time and effort it takes to sell on your own, here's a look at a few of the things you need to think about before putting that For Sale sign up in your yard.

1. Making a Good First Impression

While it may sound simple, there are a lot of proven best practices to consider when prepping a house for sale.

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Homeowner Wealth Increases Through Growing Equity This Year

Homeowner Wealth Increases
Through Growing Equity This Year | MyKCM

Building financial wealth and stability remains one of the top reasons Americans choose to own a home, and as a homeowner, your wealth often grows without you even realizing it. In a recent paper published by the Urban Institute, Home Ownership is Affordable Housing, author Mike Loftin illustrates how homeowners increase their equity and their wealth simply by making monthly mortgage payments:

The principal portion that reduces the loan balance builds the homeowner's equity. In doing so, the principal payments behave like an automatic savings account. The principal payment is not money going out; it is money staying in.

But home equity – the difference between the value of your home and what you currently owe – isn't just built through your monthly principal payments. Home price appreciation plays a vital role in growing your equity and, ultimately, your wealth.

As Freddie Mac explains:

Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time. This...

Housing Wealth: The Missing Piece of the Affordability Equation

Housing Wealth: The Missing
Piece of the Affordability Equation | MyKCM

The real estate market is soaring today. Residential home values are rising, and that's a big win for homeowners. In 2020, there was a double-digit increase in home values – a trend that's expected to head toward similar levels this year.

However, skyrocketing prices are causing some to start questioning affordability in the current housing market. Many are quick to emphasize the fact that homes today are less affordable than they were last year. Black Knight, a leading provider of data and analytics across the homeownership life cycle, just reported on the issue.

The findings show the historical averages of the national payment to income ratio, which they define as the share of the median income needed to make the monthly payments on the median-priced home. Their study reveals:

  • The average over the last 25 years was 23.6%
  • The average over the last 5 years was 20.1%
  • The average today stands at 20.5%

Right now, housing payments are slightly less affordable than the five-year average – but only by less than ½ a percentage point. However, they're significantly more affordable than the 25-year average. Put another way, a buyer will likely make...

Don't Wait To Sell Your House

Don't Wait To Sell Your House
| MyKCM

We're in the ultimate sellers' market right now. If you're a homeowner thinking about selling, you have a huge advantage in today's housing market. High buyer demand paired with very few houses for sale makes this the optimal time to sell for those who are ready to do so. Whatever the move you want to make looks like, here's an overview of what's creating the prime opportunity to sell this summer.

High Buyer Demand

Demand is strong, and buyers are actively searching for homes to purchase. In the Realtors Confidence Index Survey published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer traffic is considered very strong in almost every state. Homebuyers aren't just great in number right now – they're also determined to find their dream home. NAR shows the average home for sale today receives five offers from hopeful buyers. These increasingly frequent bidding wars can drive up the price of your house, which is why high demand from competitive homebuyers is such a win for this summer's sellers.

Low Inventory of Houses for Sale

Purchaser demand is so high, the market is running out of available homes for sale. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains:

For most sellers listing...

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