Seattle’s Queen Anne Neighborhood Is Amazing

Queen Anne has long been one of my favorite Seattle neighborhoods because of its easy proximity to Downtown Seattle whil

Is Your Open House In The NWMLS For ALL To See?

The last few weeks have been extremely busy open house wise for us in Seattle – mostly in the $400,000 and under price range or close to it.  Agent hits on the NWMLS for those listings has also soared and the web traffic in general has increased for this price point.   The buyers are definitely out […]

Look No Further Than Seattle Neighborhoods For Penny Pinching Summer Fun This Year!

Some people don’t know this, but…. I was a single mother for years until I met and fell in love with my next door neighbor in the Sunset Hill neighborhood of Ballard. Single parents develop a real knack for making every dollar stretch, and I am thankful that things have been easier (most of the […]

First Time Buyer Housing Tax Credit Loophole?

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Will First Time Buyers Bring It Home For Seattle……

The final amount of the $8000 tax credit was pretty disappointing after all of the anticipation for $15,0000, but surprisingly it seems to be generating interest among first time home buyers around the Seattle area. There were about thirty people through my Green Lake open house this last weekend, and while this area is known […]

Sellers Leaving The Mess Behind

Cleaning up after yourself is in the contract… Recently, there seems to be some confusion as to item number 5 of the NWMLS form 22D (optional clauses addendum to the purchase and sale agreement).  Maybe the sellers are deciding that the buyer already got a good deal and they shouldn’t leave the home in decent […]

$15,000 Home Buying Credit? No! How about $8000 For Some Instead?

The $15,000 home buying credit in the Stimulus Package seems to be dead. This credit would have been for more than just first time home buyers and was generating a lot of increased activity over the last week or so both on the Internet and in open houses across Seattle. There have been many arguments both […]

What Happens When The Equity Isn't There, But The Contract Is?

Responsibility on the listing side… Last week’s Rain City Guide discussion on Short sales got me thinking about some of the other things that are occurring in this market as well. Many homeowners have taken out a ton of equity and are either maxed out or upside down at this point, but some may not […]

Short Sale Listings: Leaving Out Key Details Is Like Telling A Lie..

[Editors note: It's always exciting to introduce a new author to RCG... and today I'm especially excited to introduce Courtney Cooper of Cooper Jacobs as the newest RCG contributor!  Far from a newbie, she's been running an entertaining blog on ActiveRain for over a year now (and racked up tens of thousands of points in […]