Condos have been a popular and necessary alternative to single family residences for many years and for many different reasons. They are home ownership without the hassle of taking care of the exterior maintenance of the home. In exchange for having someone else responsible for cleaning gutters, mowing grass and siding repairs, homeowners pay a … More Condos VS Co-ops. What’s the diff?
There’s a lot of stories in the media regarding the future of the real estate market. Most experts agree that there will be some type of correction, however, it will not be like the crash of 2008/2009. The fundamentals behind that situation are far different. Lenders did not make the type or the quantity of … More Heading to a “balanced market”. What it means?
Since the real estate market overheated in Spring, there has been a trend to review offers at a specific date in the future, say 1 week from the beginning of the listing. There are several thoughts about doing this. One is, that there will be several competing offers and if a buyer knows there are … More Reviewing offers on a set date
Sixty may be the new forty, but there are special considerations when purchasing a home when the buyer is over fifty. Many buyers are potentially buying the house they may grow old in – effectively making it their last home. As we all age, mobility is a question. While there are studies showing that individuals … More Buying a home in the “Golden Years”
We all are hearing in the news and on social media that it is a “seller’s market”. Simply put, this term means that there or more buyers than inventory and that home sales are brisk and prices are on the rise. Having said that, the statistics tell a more nuanced story. As of last month, … More Why won’t my house sell?
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In my time as a Realtor, I’ve had a few listings that were 100% pet free since new. For some buyers, this is a major plus. Showing a home today, I had a buyer sniff twice and say “cats!”. The issue may not just be a litter box…
As a Realtor representing both buyers and sellers in western Washington, I have seen a strong preference among agents for dealing with local lenders who have earned a good reputation over national or “Big Box” lenders seen advertised on TV. This preference is based on positive past transactions. Beside a transaction actually closing, what made … More Local lenders vs. National lenders
Now is a great time to buy real estate in Western Washington – and in most parts of the country! For average Americans, it is the biggest difference maker in creating wealth. Why? You are BUILDING EQUITY. Each payment made is like making a deposit in a savings account. TAX BENEFITS. Home owners save on … More Investing in Real Estate has KEY BENEFITS
Most experts will tell you that a staged home sells more quickly, and often for more money, than one that is not staged. However, staging a home can be expensive and sometimes not feasible due to budget constraints. Here are some basic TIPS that can help a home seller get at least some of the … More DYI: TIPS for staging a home for sale
Most people believe that the most under utilized room in the house is the dining room. In fact, many home owners can’t remember the last time they ate a meal there. I would argue that the most over utilized – and overlooked “room” in a home is generally the garage. Many home owners have all … More Garage Pointers for Sellers