Home Prices Rise, Market Challenged by Tight Inventory

Home prices are rising in many U.S. markets, but headwinds from winter storms, tight inventory, tough credit standards, and rising mortgage interest rates continue to hold back sales. read more


Posted at 6:24pm


You Showed Us: 20 Nutty Home Fixes (20 photos)

A few weeks ago I shared the way my friend Kathy is keeping her microwave door shut with a piece of driftwood and asked you all what kinds of nutty… read more

Posted at 6:18pm


How to Remove Cigarette Stains From Marble Sinks

Marble is a calciferous stone that is extremely porous. This means that its surface is covered in thousands of tiny holes too small to be seen with the naked eye. These holes allow the marble to absorb moisture and other materials that can leave stains behind. Because the stains do not fill or block the pores in the stone, the stain can be pulled up and out of the stone by using a poultice, a chemical preparation that absorbs stains. read more


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Outdoor Plants for Indirect Sunlight

Gardeners with shady yards face a challenge in selecting appropriate plants. Cheery flowers that brighten the landscape are often found on sun-loving plants, which just can’t thrive in the shade. For the best results in the darker nooks and crannies of your garden, only consider plants labeled for dappled sun, partial shade or full shade. These plants are best suited for indirect light and could even suffer damage such as burned leaves if exposed to a full day of sunlight. Even with the lighting limitation, you can find plenty of plant sizes, shapes and colors perfect for your growing conditions. read more


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10 Open, Industrial Lofts That Feel Like Home (10 photos)

I’m one of those people who can’t help but drool over a loft. The industrial exposed ductwork, brick walls and banged-up hardwood floors? Swoon! To me, living in a loft is like living in a page out of history. But the fact is, turning a loft into a home is a lot more difficult than it looks. A lack of… read more

Posted at 6:27pm


Buy vs. rent: What you’ll pay in the 10 biggest cities

Despite rising home prices and climbing mortgage rates, it’s still cheaper to buy a home than rent one in these 10 major cities, according to Trulia. Here’s how much you’ll save. read more

Posted at 6:36pm


Should I Rent My House If I Can’t Sell It?

A recent study has concluded that 39% of buyers prefer to rent out their last residence rather than sell it when purchasing their next home.

The study cites that many homeowners were able to refinance and “locked in a very low mortgage rate in recent years. That low rate, combined with a strong rental market, means they can charge more in rent than they pay in mortgage each month, so they are going for it.”

This logic makes sense in some cases. We at KCM believe strongly that residential real estate is a great investment right now. However, if you have no desire to actually become an educated investor in this sector, you may be headed for more trouble than you were looking for. Are you ready to be a landlord?

Before renting your home, you should answer the following questions to make sure this is the right course of action for you and your family.

10 Questions to Ask BEFORE Renting Your Home read more


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When Big Loans Come to Town

Jumbo lending is widespread in large expensive coastal areas, but these mortgages play an outsize role in some smaller markets as well read more

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5 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom

Promote rest and relaxation in your nightly refuge with thoughtful, stylish and budget-friendly DIY bedroom-storage solutions. read more

Posted at 6:21pm


Why You Should Have Your Home Inspected Before Selling

Here are three reasons why a pre-inspection may be a good idea. read more


Posted at 6:21pm


7 Common HARP Questions Answered

The government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has undergone significant changes enabling more homeowners to refinance. But those changes may also have caused confusion. read more


Posted at 6:25pm


Getting the Most Out of Your Remodel Dollars in 2014

Check out this article…what do you think the rest of this year will bring? read more

Posted at 6:23pm


5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

The real estate market is a place where most people will make their largest investment ever. It is a place where fortunes can be, and often are, made.  It is not a place, however, for you to “wing it”. Take a look at this article for more info. read more

Posted at 6:31pm


Should real estate investors incorporate?

Read full story for latest details. read more


Posted at 6:29pm


Buying a Home? Don’t Let Fear Get in Your Way

Let me know if you have any questions! read more

Posted at 6:22pm