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How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy

How Homeownership Can Bring
You Joy | MyKCM

If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you’re probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to make a purchase if you're a renter, but the decision can also be motivated by having a place that's uniquely your own.

If you want to express yourself by upgrading and customizing your living space but are feeling held back by your rental agreement, ...

Solstice Bike Works of San Rafael - featured Bay Area Small Business

Solistice bike shop

Here in San Rafael, we are so lucky to have incredible local businesses that help shape this growing community for the better. One face behind these businesses is deserving of spotlight: Mark Ridler, owner and founder of Solstice Bike Works. This local business is San Rafael’s newest bike shop and community hub located in Terra Linda. As a full-service bike shop, this place is not only a great stop-in before or after your ride, but the place for high quality gear, new bikes, refreshing cold brews, parts and accessories!

Mark been looking to open up a bike shop for a long time. Having worked at bike shop here in the county for a while, he had all the experience required...

Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think

One of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they'll have to put in before listing their house. If that's the case for you, you should know – your home might be closer to list-ready than you think in today's housing market. A survey of recent sellers from realtor.com finds that many were able to get their house ready in less than a month. It says:

With many homeowners expecting a quick sale, and in many cases a...

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

How Homeownership Can Help
Shield You from Inflation | MyKCM

If you're following along with the news today, you've likely heard about rising inflation. You're also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas, groceries, and more. These rising consumer costs can put a pinch on your wallet and make you re-evaluate any big purchases you have planned to ensure they're still worthwhile.

If you've been thinking about purchasing a home this year, you're probably wondering if you should continue down that path or if it makes more sense to...

Is It Time To Buy a Smaller Home?

Is It Time To Buy a Smaller
Home? | MyKCM

Life events can have a major impact on what you need from your home, and retirement is one of the biggest changes many of us face. This period of your life can mean doing more of the things you enjoy, like traveling, visiting with loved ones, or taking on new hobbies. But what does that mean for your home?

If you're looking for ways to focus more on the important things in your life, the answer could be downsizing. A recent article from The Balance talks about why it could be a great option,...

Underpricing a Home - Smart or Suspect Strategy?

Underpricing a home

Listing a Home For Sale at a Price Well Below Current Market Values

I recently received the following question from one of my clients regarding "list prices" for some newly listed homes that were clearly well below market values.  I wanted to share the qeustion and my response since I know this issue has been top of mind with others.   What do YOU think?  Feel free to share your comments and thoughts.

QUESTION:
I receive your local market updates and have noticed some new listings coming on the market and listed for sale at a price which is significantly below (for instance, $250,000 to $500,000 below) the average sale prices we typically see in our neighborhood.  Is significantly underpricing a home a smart strategy...

The Best Week To List Your House Is Just Around the Corner

The Best Week To List Your
House Is Just Around the Corner | MyKCM

Are you thinking about selling your house? If so, you may want to make it a priority to start the process soon. According to realtor.com, the sweet spot for sellers is just around the corner. In a recent study, experts analyzed housing market trends by looking at data from the past several years (excluding 2020, since...

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market

What You Can Expect from the
Spring Housing Market | MyKCM

As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling a house. While there are multiple factors causing some uncertainty, including the conflict overseas, rising ...

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