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Minneapolis is a growing city. One of the great things about living here is continually seeing the impressive expansion and rejuvenation of our retail, residential and commercial spaces. And there are so many projects to look forward to in various stages of development that will only enhance the look and livability of our great city.

From Dinkytown to Downtown East, the Mill District to the North Loop, here are a few exciting projects to watch for as Minneapolis keeps looking ahead to a prosperous future.

The Standard
Corner of 15th Ave. S.E. and 6th St. S.E. in Dinkytown

This 17-story residential building is being developed by Georgia-based developer Landmark Properties. The Standard will include 323 units of student housing, 211 indoor

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Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right | MyKCM

 

When you make a move, you want to sell your house for the highest price possible. That might be why many homeowners are eager to list in today’s sellers’ market. After all, with record-low inventory and high buyer demand, many homes are selling for more than asking price. Data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows 46% of homes are selling above list price today.

But even in a market like we have now, working with an agent to set the right asking price is critical, as pricing it too high or too low could have a negative impact on your final sale. Here’s why.

Pricing Your House Right Is Crucial Even in a Sellers’ Market

The price you set for your house sends a message to potential buyers. Price it too low and you might

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Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise? | MyKCM

 

Many analysts projected home price appreciation would slow dramatically in the fall of 2021 and then continue to soften throughout 2022. So far, that hasn’t happened. The major price indices are all revealing ongoing double-digit price appreciation. Here’s a look at their reports on year-over-year price appreciation for December:

  • Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): 17.6%
  • S&P Case-Shiller: 18.8%
  • CoreLogic: 18.5%

To show that they’re not seeing signs of softening, here’s a graph that gives the progression of all three indices for each month of 2021.

Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise? | MyKCM

As the graph above reveals, last year, home price appreciation accelerated dramatically from January to July according to all three indices. Then, it began to decelerate

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The #1 Reason To Sell Your House Today | MyKCM

 

Almost every industry is currently struggling with supply chain disruptions. This also applies to the current U.S. housing market, where buyer demand far exceeds housing supply.

Purchaser demand is very strong right now. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just released their latest Existing Home Sales Report which reveals that sales surged in January. Existing home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.5 million – an increase of 6.7% from the prior month, with sales up in all regions. However, there’s one big challenge.

Inventory Is at an All-Time Low

Because purchaser demand is so high, the market is running out of available homes for sale. The above-mentioned report states that the current months’ supply of

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4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble | MyKCM

 

A recent survey revealed that many consumers believe there’s a housing bubble beginning to form. That feeling is understandable, as year-over-year home price appreciation is still in the double digits. However, this market is very different than it was during the housing crash 15 years ago. Here are four key reasons why today is nothing like the last time.

1. Houses Are Not Unaffordable Like They Were During the Housing Boom

The affordability formula has three components: the price of the home, wages earned by the purchaser, and the mortgage rate available at the time. Conventional lending standards say a purchaser should not spend more than 28% of their gross income on their mortgage payment.

Fifteen years ago, prices were high,

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How To Win as a Buyer in a Sellers’ Market [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • Even in today’s sellers’ market, there are still ways for buyers to win big.
  • Build a team of trusted professionals and make strategic plays as you budget and pick your desired neighborhoods. Then, be ready for the competition by getting a pre-approval letter and leaning on your expert advisors to draft a winning offer.
  • In a sellers’ market, you can still be the champion if you have the right team and strategy. Let’s connect today to make your game-winning play.

Keeping Current Matters 2/11/22

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Are you a die-hard fan of Minnesota winters? Or maybe the only thing that’s getting you through the winter is counting the days until spring. Most of us are somewhere in the middle—appreciating the beauty of the season but still needing a boost as we face each new day that seems longer, colder and snowier than the last.

Thankfully, Minneapolis is not a city that slows down when the temperature drops. So, pull on your boots, pull down your hat, and get out there to embrace—and conquer—the last weeks of winter.

The Great Northern Festival
Jan. 27 - Feb. 6
The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters with 10 days of diverse programming that invigorates the mind and body, including public art, musical performances, lectures, workshops, and

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Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022 | MyKCM

 

You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Especially in today’s market, with rising home prices and high buyer competition, it’s crucial to have a pre-approval letter prior to making an offer. Here’s why.

Being intentional and competitive are musts when buying a home this year. Pre-approval from a lender is the only way to know your true price range and how much money you can borrow for your loan. Just as important, being able to present a pre-approval letter shows sellers you’re a qualified buyer, something that can really help you land your dream home in an ultra-competitive market.

With limited

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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, 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 year. But should

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Achieving the Dream of Homeownership | MyKCM

 

Homeownership has long been considered the American Dream, and it’s one every American should feel confident and powerful pursuing. But owning a home is also a deeply personal dream. Our home provides us with safety and security, and it’s a place where we can grow and flourish.

Today, we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us will remember his passion and determination for the causes he championed, including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. As we reflect on his message today, it may inspire your own dream of homeownership. And if so, know you’re not alone. With a trusted real estate advisor at your side, you can begin your journey toward homeownership by answering the questions below.

1. Where Do I

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