Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October Real Estate Update as we enter the 4th Quarter of the Year

This is a National perspective from our friend Terri Murphy who shared this information with us in a recent podcast on tips for sellers. She mentioned there are some interesting changes on the home sales front. Existing home sales INCREASED in August even though we are still impacted by tighter credit and appraisal issues. Add to that the regional disruptions by Hurricane Irene, NAR reports that we actually saw monthly gains in all regions. Total sales that included single family, townhomes, condo’s and co-ops rose 7.7 percent and are 18.6 percent higher than August of 2010.

Terri also shared that when we look at PENDING home sales, we see a slightly different picture. The numbers for properties that are pending, but not closed slipped a bit in August, but are higher than a year ago according to the same report by the National Association of Realtors. There are some positive market fundamentals. And the NAR chief economist says they may be the result of sales that were delayed in the preceding months. But we still enjoy great low rates for favorable affordability. And Joe, we see a rise in rent which of course motivates more buyers and investors to absorb foreclosed properties.

So with great low rates, and good pricing and high motivation, it’s a great time to buy and sell. But we do know that properties that are staged sell faster and for more money. The Korn Team has had a record summer selling properties in the Greater Kansas City area. They are helping seller's stage their homes to get top dollar given the current market conditions.

In the past 2 months, the Korn Team actually helped 2 seller's sell their property (in the 300k price range) who had been on the market for 6 months and the other, 1 year. We simply helped them restage their property, put a better marketing plan in place, and sold them both in under 30 days. That is after they had been on the market with not much activity. There really is no reason your showings should be slow, or that you should be on the market for 6 months. Let us help you show you how to position yourself in the market to be one of the next properties to sell and stage your home so you can win the buyers over when they see you home. You can schedule a one-on-one marketing evaluation strategy plan for your property by giving us a call at 816-224-KORN (5676) and if you would like to hear our latest podcast on staging tips, visit http://www.kornteam.com/ and click on our podcast icon on the left side of our webpage.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Do You Rely on a Computer
to Give You the Value of Your Home?

I recently received a request from a gentleman that would like to move. He visited some sites to see what the value of his home would be. He contacted The Korn Team because we have been endorsed by national radio personalities on their programs and we sell over 100 properties throughout the KC area in both Missouri and Kansas. We also have a team and sell in Lincoln, NE.

This property was located in a small rural community just about 30 minutes south of the Greater Kansas City area on the MO side in Cass County. One site he may have relied on lead him to believe his home could be valued at clost to $150,000. As you can see from an indepth market review through our MLS and even looking outside of his community and using data from the entire County...There are only a few homes that sold higher than 70k....and the absolute most expensive property that did sell and close in the past 8 months was for 122k.

The tax assessed value on this home is $67,840. As a professional we do not rely on computer systems, let alone the tax assessed value, by itself. We must truly evaluate what is the demand for properties in the area under the current market conditions. Once we determine what the actual sale prices have been, then we can determine how much competition we have at that price...what is currently for sale. Does that sale price postition you as one of the cheapest homes on the market? In my experience after evaluating thousands of homes...yes it does. SO, be careful!!!! You may underprice your property if your supply is low and every other seller is underpricing thier properties. In that case, you might be able to position slightly higher and get more out of the market than you are supposed to.
On the other hand, if the supply is high, and there is a 1-2+ year supply of homes on the market, and they are priced low, you must position yourself competitively...wether you like that price or not (of course that is if you must sell your property or home).

The Korn Team, Keller Williams Eastland Partners can help you determine where you should be positioned in the market to get the most money, in the shortest amount of time. Don't Take ANY chances when considering selling your home. Too many people out there may tell you want you WANT to hear. The great news is not only will The Korn Team be honest with you, but if you made a great investment, we may tell you what you want to hear as well. Remember, you have worked hard to protect your equity. You owe it to your self to make sure you get professional advice from someone that sells a lot of real estate AND can properly help you intrepret the market. Visit our site at http://www.kornteam.com/ to see how we market properties, tell us you are thinking of selling, or if you want to shop our list of over 19,000 homes currently for sale in the Greater KC area. You may also contact us directly at 816-224-KORN (5676) or email us at brad@kornteam.com

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Low Interest Rates and Strong Housing Inventory Provide Opportunity and Promise for Summer Home Buyers

Mortgage rates recently dropped to all time lows with conventional 30 year fixed rates approaching the 4.99% range in April of this year. It must be working because mortgage applications rose 1.1%. The Credit Unions are jumping into the mortgage game as well. They have been able to get customers with slightly higher credit ratios into a loan. There are typically low costs to join credit unions and many times that local connection is a nice touch.

So, not only is it possible to get a loan right now, with summer here there is a lot favoring buyers right now. We have all heard the saying, more homes sell between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The reality to that statement is that the most amount of homes to chose from are available during those times. With increased competition, that can help a buyer find more homes that meet most of your needs and wants. We typically advise buyers in this market that instead of getting 5-6 of the things you want in a home (during a fast selling market with low inventory) you can get 8-9 of the things you want when there is a lot of homes for sale. There is just more to choose from.

It is important if you truly want to take advantage of this market that you do several things. First, identify your preferred area. We can help you put together a checklist of what areas to look for and how to ensure you know about properties as they become available. Second, (and probably most important) is to get your finances in order. If you truly want to take advantage of a great deal this summer we can show you how this one step can be the difference between buying your dream home AND getting a great deal OR losing out on that home. Losing the right property to another buyer can be avoided if you are pre-approved.

Just those two points validate that using an experienced agent to negotiate the best price and guide buyers through the inspection and to closing is so important when someone is dealing with one of the biggest purchases in their lifetime...a home. Plus, buying a home should be fun and exciting. This is not the transaction where you want to give that up by using an agent that only sells 4-10 homes a year. When you find an agent or team that sells 100 homes a year, there are going to have 10 times the experience and most likely have systems in place to make the home buying process and enjoyable as possible.

You can hear more about this topic by visiting our Korn Team Podcast at http://goo.gl/t9fas and if you would like to start you home buying experience visit http://www.kornteam.com/ where you can search our list of over 20,000 homes currently for sale in the greater Kansas City area. You can call us directly at 816-224-KORN (5676)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Will Sell Your House for FREE!!!

We just had a call from a potential client that has an upper bracket home to sell. Since we met and discussed the marketing program The Korn Team uses to get homes sold, the owner received some enticing offers from other Realtors. We showed the homeowner how we are getting more exposure to our clients properties which means more people see our clients homes AND because more people see our homes, our clients are reaping the benefits of 3-4% more equity than our competitors in the same marketplace.

You see, 90% of all agents truly do not spend any more money than they have to to get more exposure to a property. National Association of Realtors states that the average agent is selling 4-6 properties each year. That is only one sale every 2 months. There just is not enough margin in Real Estate to make a decent living AND have money to spend on marketing. Now, the reality is that most full time agents might be selling 12-20 homes each year. If half of those are buyers, that means they are helping only 6-10 sellers sell their home each year. Again, that is only 1 sale every couple months. It is truly hard to get the experience and become the BEST if you are only doing something once or twice a month.

As a home owner, your equity can disappear quickly...and it disappears by the THOUSANDS!!! Contracts don't get negotiated for a couple hundred here, couple hundred there...it is a Thousand here AND a Thousand there...

So, what was the enticing offer?
After talking, this homeowner mentioned that a Realtor from their church had offered to sell their home for FREE! Wow, really, free is awesome....if the Realtor will get the house sold, and get them the most money. I asked, my soon to be new seller client, who was the agent? Let's see if they have sold a lot of properties. The home owner did mention that this was a pretty successful agent and had seen their stuff around quite a bit, and knew them from church or school (can't remember which they said). I had heard of the agent before so I they have probably been selling real estate for a little while. When I pulled up the sales from the Multiple Listing service, we found that in the past 14 months, this realtor had only sold FOUR homes (that were listings). "Is that really who you want helping you sell your upper bracket home?", I asked.

When a home owner is hiring someone to sell their property, you think you would want someone that sells a LOT of homes. Not just homes (because that could be a lot of buyers), but homes they were marketing to sell. I even went back over the past 26 months and this agent sold 7 listings (14 total sales including buyers). That is a home every 2 months. The Korn Team in that same time frame had sold and closed 100 properties (not counting the buyers we have helped buy homes) and averaged between 97%-98% of our clients' asking price. That was just the signs we put in yards and marketed to sell. FREE sounded great, however, when you think about it...who really can market your property to get you top dollar and do it for free? If anything, you will be leaving equity on the table because all the marketing that needs to be done can get done for free. It costs money to make money.

In today's market (and truly, even in great markets) we have watched home owners sell homes fast in hot markets and we have seen homes sit on the market with no activity....Our homes get shown because our marketing definitely gets our listings in front of more potential buyers. We get our properties sold faster and for more money because we find buyers other typical agents may miss. Brad always says, "if you get more eyeballs on the property, you will get more for the proeperty and sell it for the most the market will bear."

Don't take ANY chances with your equity. There hasn't been much in the past few years, and every thousands of dollars in equity you have in your property is yours to get. You just have to have someone that is not afraid to spend money and focus on marketing that will get you the most exposure possible for your property. It costs nothing to meet with The Korn Team and it might make you THOUSANDS!

Take your interview process very seriously. There are so many things you need to be aware of when considering marketing your home or property.

You can see how the Korn Team markets properties at http://www.kornteam.com/ and click on featured properties. We take over 100-150 photos of our listings. We use wide angle lens and photo software to show our properties off. We have virutual tours, best positioning for print media, upgraded websites on the real estate sites that matter and we have 24/7 marketing for our clients where buyers can get information about the property. More exposure means more equity. Call The Korn Team today for your free, no obligation market evaluation. You can find us online or call directly at 816-224-KORN (5676)

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(816) 224-KORN (5676)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Now is the time
Mortgage Interest rates are at ALL TIME low's
and they will not be there forever.

What were the interest rates in the 1980's? Did you know they were actually around 13% when I got into Real Estate 20 Years ago? today the average rate on a thirty year mortgage is as low as 4.36% as of August 2010. That is lower than mortgage rates have ben in the past 50 years. Home mortgage interest rates for the same time last year were averaging 5.19%. Did you know that is a difference of $90 per month on a $200k home with 10% down. Also, when that rate drops from 5.19% to 4.36% that is a savings of $32,460 over the life of the loan. If you would like to find out how you could save almost $100/month in your mortgage payment and put another $32k towards your retirement, contact us at http://www.kornteam.com/ either by phone, email or text and we will send you a free copy of our ebook explaining why NOW is the best time to buy real estate and move into your next home. (816) 224-KORN (5676)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Buyers Have an Edge in this Market:

Cheif Economist from NAR (National Association of Realtors), Lawrence Yun released information stating that buyer this year have gotten great deals. He also went on to say that buyers will have an edge over sellers for the remainder of this year. Because mortgage rates are still at rock bottom, buyers affordability will be reaching all time highs. The low rates were helped partly by the Fed's very accomodative monetary policy. Contact The Korn Team if you would like a free ebook explaining why now is the prime time to buy a home. You can reach us at 816-224-KORN (5676) or visit our website at http://www.kornteam.com/ for more infomation about the Kansas City Real Estate market.